The title of this message is “The Church as a Hospital.”
THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH
A. WHEN YOU NEED HELP
1. If you travel around very much you’ll see a blue sign with a white “H” on it. If we’re in trouble, sick or whatever, this sign lets us know that a hospital is near & we can get help.
2. Today when I see a church with a cross on it or a church sign on the side of the road I am quickly reminded that this is a place I can get help also.
3. But you know, not every church you see is a place where we can get help. Sometimes churches are no more than museums or Country-Clubs, unable to help those in need. But God has called the Church to be a Ministry of Reconciliation.
4. Jesus died on the cross so that man could be reconciled back to God. Humans were created to love God, to have a relationship with God.
Mark 2:13-17 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mk.
And Jesus replied to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but [only] those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous [who see no need to repent], but sinners to repentance [to change their old way of thinking, to turn from sin and to seek God and His righteousness].” -Luke 5:31(AMP)