We live in such a world that is so focused on independence. One of the beautiful parts of being redeemed is we are now placed in a family that will last through all eternity. We are no longer independent but dependent upon the Lord and on one another.
One of the aspects I hear so often is people can’t find a church. Well, if you’re looking for a church to meet all your need and desires – you won’t find a one. Our Christian walk is one of self-sacrifice and putting the needs of others above ourselves. The church isn’t there to fix your family and to meet all your needs and desires.
When we ponder the New Testament and the beginning of the Christian church the first verse that comes to mind as a model of what the church is to look like is Acts 2:42:
Let me start with the basics – the church is built up of believers – those who have repented and put their faith in Jesus Christ and Him alone for salvation. There will always be unbelievers among our midst but the hope is they will come to a saving knowledge of the Lord. Church is for believers not for unbelievers.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. ~Ephesians 4:11-14
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. ~ ` Peter 5:1-3
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. ~ Galatians 6:10
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. ~ Hebrews 10:24-25
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.We come together to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us as we take communion together. Communion is such a beautiful reminder to celebrate the unity and fellowship we have together in Christ. ~ Ephesians 4:15-16