What is Church?
Church is not a building. The church may meet in a building, but that building is not a church. Church is people; the intergenerational gathering of the people of God. We meet together on a regular basis, sometimes as a larger gathering of the entire church family; other times in smaller ‘community groups’ that meet in homes.
’Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching’ Hebrews 10:23-25
When the church gathers it is not for a show. We gather for prayer; we gather for worship; we gather to dive into the Word of God and to experience the tangible presence and life-changing power of the Holy Spirit. We don’t come to be entertained, but rather to be equipped to live for Jesus 24/7.
The Church has a great commandment, a great commission, and a great promise.
Our great commandment: LOVE
’Jesus said to him, You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets’ Matthew 22:37-40
First, foremost and above all else, we are to love God with every fibre of our being. This is the great commandment that Jesus gave to His church. From the overflow of His great love, we can love those around us even as we love ourselves.
Our great commission: MAKE DISCIPLES
’And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen’ Matthew 28:18-20
Nearly 300 years ago, the motto of a group of people called the Moravians was; ‘May the Lamb that was slain receive the full reward of His suffering’. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for sin so that men, women and children could be forgiven and born again. The great commission of the church is to share the gospel and to disciple those who respond so they can be life-long followers of Jesus.
Our great promise: HE WILL COME
’Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven’ Acts 1:9-11
Some time after His resurrection Jesus ascended back into heaven from the Mount of Olives, and He will return in the same manner at the end of the age. According to Titus2:13 this is the blessed hope of the church… that in the fullness of time in the midst of the world becoming increasingly ‘great and terrible’, Jesus will come for us!
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