Local Church

January 20, 2017 by  
Filed under A Monday AM BLOG

The contemporary culture in the USA is populated with a host of perspectives on the church that are wrong and without a shred of biblical support. We have an entire collection of people under the label ‘Nones’. These are folks that claim to have a faith relationship with the God of the Ages. But, they want nothing to do with the church. You cannot say ‘I love Jesus’, but I don’t want anything to do with the church of which He is the Head.

Then we have folks who NEVER darken the door of the gathered body of Christ. They say things like – ‘I would rather be in the woods and thinking about Jesus than in church thinking about hunting in the woods.’ What? That is pure bunk!!!

There is no perfect church so stop looking for one. Further, if you go there it will no longer be perfect. The church is full of sinners. God did not send his Son to make bad people good. He sent his Son to make dead people alive.

When a person becomes a true believer through unconditional faith in Christ, they become participants in the New Covenant. There are several types of Covenants. There are Conditional Covenants; the Mosaic Covenant is an example of a conditional Covenant. There are Unconditional Covenants. The ‘New Covenant’ is an example of this type. If you are a member of the NT church you are a member of an unconditional covenant. You are a slave to righteousness & to Christ. Slaves honor all that their masters call upon them to do.

This includes obeying the One Another Commands of the NT.

This includes living life in community.

This includes actively representing Christ in the marketplace – making disciples as you share the gospel.

This includes willing submission to the Elder/Shepherds that God has placed in your assembly.

This includes participation in all that your local church agrees upon as God’s direction for that assembly.

Hebrews 10:22-24 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. . . . And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works

Your active role in your church ministers to others. Be there!!!

 

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