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     Then Jesus came to them and said,
"All authority in heaven and on earth
has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age."

The Necessity of
Spiritual Growth

     Sitting in the pews of our comfortable church, enjoying the inspiring music and thoughts being offered, I sometimes feel like I am being lulled into a vegetative state. Is this really what church is all about? Is this it?
     As I refer to the Bible to try to find answers to my questions, I discover that religious meetings and ceremonies were quite common in Bible times. The people gathered to be taught to obey God's law by the priests, they were given warnings and messages by the prophets, and crowds were inspired to believe in Jesus by evangelists like Paul. Thus religious meetings seem to play an important role.  So I question whether 'church' is the problem.  Maybe I have missed something, or taken a wrong turn. Maybe there is more.
     Matthew ends his gospel with a commission, given by Jesus for the new church that would be made up of His followers. "Go. . ." The first word is a clue that
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