WHAT IS THE CHURCH? "Church" has a two-fold meaning. The first is that the church is a group of people gathered together to worship God, The Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them." The other meaning is that which most of us already know, that is a building, a public place to meet to worship God. The church was born some 2,000 years ago, fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. History tells us the church began with 120 people and grew daily. It is still alive today, growing, multiplying, expanding at a fantastic rate. We are a part of this church. WHY IS THE CHURCH IN MUNAKATA? Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." This gospel is the good news there is an answer to ALL the problems man faces in daily life. This answer is the person, Jesus Christ. The early church went forth everywhere (including Munakata City) and preached this message; Jesus Christ working with them, and confirming the word they taught with signs following. We today are an extension of the early church obeying the command of Jesus to go and tell others of His healing, salvation, and deliverance power. That is why today we experience the reality, presence and power of Jesus when we gather together to worship God. WHAT DOES ONE DO AT THE CHURCH? The church is a place where we gather to worship God. In our worship, we sing songs and hymns; we pray for one another and for the people of our city; we testify (tell) what Jesus does for us in our daily lives; we are taught from God's Word, the Bible, how to live victoriously. Our expression of worship is like that of the early church in the bible. And yes, we hear from God as He directs the church. WHAT GOOD DOES THE CHURCH DO IN MY COMMUNITY? Without the church in a community there would be no knowledge of the true and living God. The church is a lighthouse leading and guiding lost, sick and bound people out of darkness to the harbor of safety. The devil has blinded the minds of the people so that the light of the gospel of Jesus christ would not shine to them. BUT God has called and commanded the church to go and teach all nations, cities, villages and neighborhoods that JESUS CHRIST IS ALIVE! JESUS is the good of the church in the community. Now, isn't that GOOD NEWS?