Rapp Report episode 181
Andrew and Bud are joined by Steve Ham to talk about the importance of the local church. Steve Ham is the pastor of Hyde Park Baptist Church and used to work for Answers in Genesis with his brother Ken Ham. We will answer the question of what is the church? Why is the local church important? Why is it important for a local pastor over some celebrity pastor on the radio or tv? How is it different from a social club?
The church is the regenerate people of God. Therefore, it is for Christian, not the unbeliever, and the sermon would be different. The church is a gathering of God's people therefore we cannot be the church alone in our home's watching some preacher on tv. Pastor Ham left a large international ministry to serve as a local church pastor and explains why he did that, as he sees himself as a slave of Christ to serve God. Pastor Steve loves the church because he loves Christ. Steve gets into the differences between a well-known pastor on the radio versus your local pastors. Your pastor knows you and works all week on preparing a sermon for you. The preaching on the radio did not prepare a message for you but for their congregation.
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