As a Bible believing Christian, the question has crossed my mind “What is the church?” With it being around the time of year where everyone gets super religious because the church down the corner is having free food, it’s important to know what “The Church” is all about. Simply put The Church is the body of Born-again Christians. Well what about the building down the street? That’s just a building, no matter how massive and “holy” it looks (most of the big ones are a waste of brick and architectural design anyway). Remember how most of Christ ministry was on the road not in a synagogue? You probably don’t. Let’s look together at what The Bible has to say about Church.
Before we get into what the church is supposed to look like we have to understand how important it is in Gods eyes and its relation to you. As stated above “The Church” is the body of Born-again Christians. That means the people who have done the following:
A. Admitting you’re are a sinner
B. Believed in your heart the finished work of The Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross of Calvary for sinners and rose again the third day proving he was God manifest in the flesh
C. Confessed with their mouth the two statements above (NOT CONFESSING SIN BUT BEING A SINNER AND, CHRIST FINISHED WORK)
That is how to get into the church, not by membership or baby baptism. Easy as ABC. You don’t even need to leave your house to get into the one true church founded on The Lord Jesus Christ. The one true church has a spiritual foundation like a building 1 Corinthians 3.11 KJV “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Meaning that anyone telling you “join our church because it’s the true church” is A LIAR. They don’t know what the true church is, and if they do, they don’t teach what the Bible says. The universal church is a body rather than a physical building. The Bible describes in Ephesians Chapter 5 the relationship of Christ to the church as the relationship of the man being the head of a marriage, relating to the marriage between man and woman becoming one flesh, so the church is to Christ, meaning that believers are a part of the same body as Jesus Christ. Frequently in the new testament, the church is called a bride and Christ the bridegroom, confirming more of a relationship and one body over a building.
The Local Church
Now on to what the church should look like. By that I mean what is the church supposed to do. The Local Church is supposed to do several things, First and foremost the individuals are supposed to reach the lost with the gospel, planting seeds of the gospel in any way possible, the Bible says Acts 1.8 KJV “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” This is telling the disciples to go to all the earth and teach them of The Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, all the Paulene epistles are written to the Churches (or local believers) of that area, and the book of Hebrews addressed by Timothy. That said the emphasis was on those specific Local Churches. The Whole point of a local church is to have a place to learn the Bible, reach the lost and be fellowlaborers in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
What it does
· Get the Gospel out as stated above Acts 1.8 KJV “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” The Gospel is stated in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” This can be done in a few ways, Street preaching(What all the prophets, Paul, and The Lord Jesus Christ did), Door to door, Work, Anything you as a Christian do should be done for the glory of God and being a testimony to the lost world in word and deed.
· Praying for Brethren. 1 Thessalonians 5.25 KJV] “Brethren, pray for us.” and the furtherance of the gospel Luke 10.2 KJV “Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.”
· Praise the Lord in word and song Ephesians 5.19-20 KJV “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
· Fellowship(no fellowship without assembly) Acts 2.42 KJV “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
The Importance of Being in a local church
So, what’s the overall importance of attending a local church? To get fed and grow spiritually, to fellowship, labor in learning about the Lord Jesus Christ and Gods word and teaching others. If your saved, you are a part of a spiritual body Romans 12.4-5 KJV “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” that needs you to function. Serving the Lord is the best choice you can make and does a lot of good in this life and in eternity. If you don’t have a church you regularly attend find yourself a New Testament Bible Believing Church Jesus even said Matthew 7.15 KJV “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
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