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Assembling Together

John 20:19-29

 

God willing tonight I am going to preach on ďbeing thereĒ when Jesus speaks to the church.

 

I wasnít always a Bible Believing Christian.

There was a time that I belonged to the devilís crowd.

In that crowd you were expected to carry your own weight.

If you attended someone elseís party then you should try to have one of your own soon thereafter and repay the favor you owed to the crowd.

That reminds me.

Listen, if you think that there arenít strings attached every time you are tempted to do wrong, youíre wrong!

Satan likes to offer a lot of sin for free.But it ainít!

The point I want to make is that it just makes sense that if you belong to a crowd that you become involved with it during your week.

The drinkers want you to drink with them.

The smokers want you to smoke with them.

The dirty storytellers want you to tell them some of the jokes you have learned.

The cheaters expect you to cheat with them.

The liars want you to help them cover up their lies.

If you belong to a gang, the members expect you to be loyal to the gang.

 

The Bible says, 1 Corinthians 13:11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

So as a parallel in my life, one day I put away childish things and became a man.

That day was the day I trusted Jesus Christ as my Saviour.

That day my life changed!

 

As we read we see Thomas struggling a bit.

He wasnít there on the day that Jesus appeablack to the disciples.

The resurrected Lord had told the women at the tomb,

Mark 16:7But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

If I was a disciple of Jesus in that day I think I would not have let the other disciples out of my sight.

But Thomas had wondeblack off and wasnít there.

Thomas should have been there!

 

The first thing that we ought to see is: Jesus speaks to the assembled believers.

 

I.              Jesus spoke to the Assembled Believers††

John 20:19 ∂ Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

 

A.            Jesus came and stood in the midst

B.            Jesus brought a message of peace.

C.            And He brought assurances of their faith.

 

II.           Note the Faith of the Assembled Believers

John 20:24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.

25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

 

A.            Thomas alone was troubled by unbelief

1.             All the rest were at peace with their belief in the resurrection of Christ.

2.             But Thomas wasnít there to witness the Lord being resurrected.

B.            Some are not with us when we meet.

1.             The Lord meets with the Church whenever we meet.

2.             Whatever he does or says is reserved for those who meet together.

C.            Except people come

1.             They will not see and hear what others take for granted.

2.             They will not believe as they could.

 

III.        See the Commitment that comes from being there.

John 20:27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28And Thomas answeblack and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

 

A.            There is no substitute for the strength we receive by the Lord meeting with us.

1.             I have risen from meetings ready to charge hell with a squirt gun.

2.             The Apostle Paul to communicate this truth wrote, Philippians 3:8Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffeblack the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ,

B.            What does it mean to you to know God, be His child and inherit the Kingdom of God?

1.             Thomas probably had lost hope that Jesus would be able to overcome death.

2.             He probably was in a deep depression.

3.             He just needed help to regain his faith.

4.             But, he did the wrong thing Ė he missed a meeting.

5.             What about you?

a)              You ever feel depressed about your faith?

b)             You ever sink into a depression that might keep you from attending?

c)              That is what happened to Thomas.

d)             Donít be a doubting Thomas.

C.            Make it your habit to be in church every time the doors are open, because when you do,

a)              Jesus will speak to you

b)             Your faith will grow

c)              And your commitment to live for Him will be cemented.

IV.         We must be even more careful than Thomas

John 20:29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed

A.            Today we do not have the bodily presence of the Lord Jesus

B.            But we are promised that

1.             Matthew 18:20For where two or three are gatheblack together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

2.             Matthew 28:20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.

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