THE CHURCH IS THE ASSEMBLY OF THE
— “CALLED OUT ONES”
In the last issue of the newsletter, we began to look at the subject of the church. Let us briefly review the biblical definition of the church. It is the body of Christ or all people who have responded to the call of Jesus Christ, having committed themselves to follow Him as Saviour and Lord. Please read Acts 2:38-47.
Trusting that the Bible is the Word of the Lord, one reads in Hebrews 10:23-25 that Christians are to “hold unswervingly to the hope that that they profess, for HE who promised is faithful. And they are to consider how they may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. They are not to give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing.” It is very, very difficult to keep one's faith in Jesus Christ, if one fails to assemble with other believers for worship, prayer, Bible study and fellowship. The following story illustrates this truth so well.
A preacher in a rural community heard that a man in his congregation had announced that he would not be coming to church to worship, because he could commune with God just as easily in his fields, garden and among his trees. One autumn evening, the preacher called on this reluctant Christian and for a while the two men sat before the blazing fireplace saying little or nothing, and not a word about the church. The man waited uneasily for the preacher to bring up the subject. The preacher was aware that he needed to talk with the man.
Finally the preacher picked up the tongs, lifted a single glowing coal from the fire and set it down on the hearth, then silently waited until the coal quickly ceased burning while the other coals in the fire continued to burn brightly. “You see what happens,” said the preacher. “You don't need to say anymore,” replied the man. “A Christian cannot live alone. I'll be at worship in church next Sunday.”
Next time we will explore the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Bible about how we can help, support and encourage each other to keep our faith in and trust in Him.
See You in Worship on Sunday.
WHAT MAKES A GREAT CHURCH?
NOT soft seats and a subdued light, but strong courageous leadership.
NOT the sweet tones of the organ, but sweet personalities that somehow reflect Jesus.
NOT the towers with chimes and bells, but a lofty vision of its people.
NOT big budgets, but big hearts.
NOT the amount of finances received, but the amount of service rendered.
NOT the large membership, but God's presence, His direction and power.
NOT what it has done in the past, but what it is doing now and will do tomorrow.
Taken from The Journal of Religious Speaking for Christ
Striving To Serve the Good Shepherd!
Pastor Perry DeGroot