Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Church

All too often unrealistic expectations are placed on those that work within the church.  The problem is we have mistakenly defined church as a noun.  Church should be a verb.  What does the Bible say about the roll of the church? As demonstrated in the Bible “church” is the collective activities of the Body of Christ.  As a group of believers we are instructed by Jesus Christ himself to go and make disciples.  That go is an action call to all believers.  The book of Acts gives a beautiful picture of how the church should operate.  With that picture of the church going and doing we can as a collective group accomplish all that God has called us to do.  The key is how do we relate that message to the Body of Christ as a whole and that is where the brick and mortar “church” comes into play.  The brick and mortar church is the vehicle we use for getting people trained and discipled for the mission of going. Most churches have now all but eliminated the time spent in the building and we seem to be growing an increasingly Biblical illiterate generation of believers.  We seem to have forgotten Hebrews 10:25 “not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near”
Let us not also forget about what Jesus himself says about the church in Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.  Pretty strong words!  We most always rely on scripture for basis of all our arguments.

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