November 11 - What Is A Church?

First off...you and I need to know that a "church" is not a building or a cathedral or a mosque or a synagogue or even a denomination!

What is a church? First off...you and I need to know that a "church" is not a building or a cathedral or a mosque or a synagogue or even a denomination! Yes, you heard me correctly.

Okay...again, what is a church? As simply as I can explain, a church is basically and simply the community of people who know and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Understand...it is not an institution or a program, but a group of people who have heard about Him, who know Him in a personal way, who have responded and keep on responding to Him in such a way as to become His "body" of believers on this earth! It means this is the way His "spirit" lives on and influences every day lives and lives of all other who also believe all around the earth!

The church is the loving and responsive community of believers. It's the community in which Christ is honored, is followed and the group of people who continue to proclaim His love for all of mankind. It's a community, who like Him cares for the least and lowliest, the hungry, the hurting and the lost.

When the Church is really the CHURCH...it responds in faith to a God who can be trusted...it responds in celebration in acts of worship...it responds by sharing this faith way of living...it does His work in obedience...it challenges the powers of evil! This community binds up the wounded, it gives itself in caring for others. It helps those who can't help themselves! It cares when no one else cares!

AND this real CHURCH invites you to come and share in the celebration of life and love! There is plenty of room for you to become part of this exciting community of believers!

"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it" (I Corinthians 12:27).