You are the Church!

You are the Church!

 

The word church is not found in the Old Testament, it’s not even predicted. The church is declared to be a “mystery”- that is something that God had not previously revealed. So any definition of the church then must come from the New Testament. Most people associate the term church with a building. “I’m going to church” “Our church is located at such and such place” “I go to the Baptist church, the Methodist church, the Presbyterian church, the Church of God, etc”. These are not biblical concepts. The Greek word for church is Ekklesia, which means, “called out ones”. The church isn’t the place you go, The church is you! Christ lives in you, you are the church.

1 Corinthians 3:1- Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple.

2 Corinthians 6:16- For we are the temple of the living God.

Ephesians 2:21-22- In whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, (22) In whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:9- For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

1 Peter 2:5,9- You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (6) Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” (7) Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” (8) and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.”They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.(9) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

The word church is used only three times in the Gospels.

The church did not take place until Jesus was crucified, resurrected, ascended to the father.

If you are born again, you are the church!

Now a simple question: If you are the church, what is the church supposed to be doing?                  I would love to hear your answers.

6 thoughts on “You are the Church!

  1. tithing, service, spreading the gospel,and of great importance, loving. Loving God, first, all the other things will fall into place.then loving each other and ministering to each other.The church is a family of believers, not perfect people, but people who love the Lord!!!!

  2. You are absolutely correct! So why do we still “go to church?” The NT states that the Jews went to the temple to pray, but as Christians, according to 1 Corin. 14:26, the Christians did meet, but it was in their homes (no overhead expenses, no paying a clergy, no one was “in charge” except Jesus!), and EVERYONE had something to share—NOWHERE in the Bible does it say that church is a place, let alone somewhere that one man speaks with his solo opinion or insights, and everyone else sits quietly.
    Also, “pastor” is only mentioned once in the NT, and it’s in a list in a plural form. According to Strong’s, he’s not a clergy; he’s a FUNCTION in the Church–to care for God’s people. We are all members of the Body of Christ; the pastor is one of those members. Yet, since the OT, people have wanted a king. They want someone to teach them and tell them how to live. That’s why the NT says that we are still living off of milk. Christianity is a relationship, like a marriage. Do you spend one day a week visiting your spouse just to let him/her speak and you stay quiet? If we truly have a marriage with Christ, then we should not solely rely on one man’s preaching to get our “stamp” of approval from God. We should be eating solid foods.
    According to the NT, they met DAILY and shared everything they had. They gave, not to a building fund, but to the poor, the widows and the orphans (those in need). Nowhere in the NT did the Believers give a tithe. They simply gave generously.
    If you do some research, there were 12 tribes of Israel. One was the tribe of Levi. The tithe was given to the Levitical priest…who owned nothing. And they gave an increase of their livestock or crops (the fruits of their labor). The tithe was NOT money, unless they sold their crops, and then they would give that money. According to my Bible, Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, not Levi, so tithing isn’t even out of His lineage. Bottom line, we, the Church, are the priesthood of believers. So technically, we should be giving our increase to each other!
    I spent 35 years sitting in a pew and having NO VICTORY. Then, our church put in an ATM Machine and got Wii games for kids’ church. That’s when I said, “Something is seriously wrong.” Here we are with rock church music and TVs to draw people in…The Bible says do not be conformed to this world. We are the called out ones; we should be heading toward the narrow gate. Jesus does not need strobe lights to draw us in; His Spirit does that just fine.
    That’s when I started searching for the Truth. I started translating the Bible in its original Greek, and I’ve discovered that most of what I believed during my lifetime is NOT BIBLICAL! Since then, my marriage, not only to my husband but to my Lord, has been a DAILY supernatural walk. EVERYDAY!
    I challenge every Christian to do the research yourself.
    Eternal life is too long to be wrong!

  3. Acts 2:43-47 talks about how the church (the Body of Christ) would meet together daily to worship, share a meal, share all their belongings as the need was among them and others outside the Body of Christ witnessed their joy and liked what they saw and God added to the Body daily those who believed.

    The Church, we the people, are to encourage one another and build one another up in the faith; we are to hold one another accountable for our actions; we are to minister to the widows and the orphans; we are to go forth and preach the Gospel to the world, Matt 28:18-20 baptizing all who are saved.

    There is more, but that’s all for now. 🙂

  4. I was about to type then realized the Sherry said EXACTLY what was on my mind 😉 So I’ll just say “Ditto”!

  5. Giving God glory and praising HIM for the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross so we could have everlasting life.

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