Church~ Not an Appointment or destination

23 Feb

Applying Biblical truth in the life of the believer is as necessary to the Christian as going to church. Going to church doesn’t make anyone a Christian. There are fruits that are to follow – Gal 5:22-26, and there is instruction that is needed from the bible – how to live godly lives. Then with conviction, we are to put those instructions into practice into everyday living.

Titus 2:11-15 says  “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people of His own possession zealous for good deeds. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”

A church needs to be faithful to the Word of God. The Pastor is to build up and encourage the believer for the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ. Eph.4:11

With what purpose and to whom?  Eph 4:12 continues  “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” Our attendance and participation at Church needs to produce results and changes in the lives of the people. Our conduct with others should be different then how those without Christ in the world respond.  The ‘we all’  in the proceeding verse, would include even those in leadership.  The Church is to be the Church of the living God, the pillar and support of the Truth.  1 Tim 3:15

Church membership and attendance should not be determined on what someone ‘privately determines’ how much that person is worth to him personally. This isn’t just a matter of ‘personal rejection’ of someone. Remember what James 2:1-10,12 says about Partiality:

“My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?  Listen, my beloved brethren; did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the Kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called? If, however, you are fulfilling the royal lay according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well.

But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.”  12) “so speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.”

Sometimes, when the focus tends to be solely on worship, music, gifts, or building attendance, the Church can get out of balance, and effect how a church operates and serves it’s members, but individually, the people never mature or grow in the Faith themselves, never growing in Christ personally, but the people get caught up in all the  ‘doing’. That’s the Christian life out of balance.

It isn’t all about ‘Knowledge’ and isn’t all about ‘worship’ , but  it is a combination of teaching, praise, and prayer to God – Worship and learning the ways of God and application in the life of the believers, and it’s fellowship with the saints – your brothers and sisters in Christ. Church isn’t an ‘appointment’ to keep, but is meant for lives lived and celebated in God because of what Christ has done for you 2 Cor. 5:21 and 1 Peter 2:24.  And when examining these Scriptures, we should remember that it is all because of God’s Grace that these promises are ours. There should be no inflated pride on the part of the believer.

Our unity is to be a  ‘unity’  based on the Truth, based on God’s Word, teaching and equipping believers how to live, and also to be able to proclaim the gospel. Other Scriptures on the church: Luke 19:46, Rom 10:8-14,17,  1 Cor 4:14,17, Col 1:18,  1 Cor 3:11,  Hebrews 2:12,  2 Tim 3:16,17,  1 Tim 3:15,  1 Tim 4:6,  Titus 3:14, are just a few.

Just some thoughts for the day.   9/6/08

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