What's So Important About Church?
Tony Campolo spoke at the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium on Aug 17, 2014
Here is a recording of the message
He has spoken to Christians who tell him that they believe in Jesus, but don't go to church. He tells them that you will loose your faith unless you come together with like minded people. The church is important!
If you don't go to church, you will take on the beliefs of the secular society around you.
Characteristics of a secular society:
*Temporality: life is only in this world. The church provides the answer for eternal life
* Relativity: no absolutes, no moral absolutes.
* Contingency: everything has an explanation, based in science, provable.
They assumed up until 2 years ago they believed that the Big Bang would wind down due to entropy. But, whenever science answers a question, it raises more questions. The Hubble telescope shows that the expansion of the universe is speeding up. Scientists now have new questions to answer.
The secular mind doesn't know how to handle death. The church has the answer. The church takes death and makes it a celebration. When this life is over, there is a life to live with Christ!
There will be a new heaven and new earth. We will have a new body.
Though you die, still you will live!
You can have a personal relationship with the resurrected Jesus today. You will be transformed.