The Struggle Within the Body

Posted: July 21, 2015 in TLCC
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One question we should ask ourselves is this…

WHY GO TO CHURCH?

Some people think they can just stay at home, watch the preacher on tv, and just run the motions of life.

Let’s break it down to three.

You. The Local Church. The Global Church.

#1 You.

The church is not a building, nor an organization. You are the church. We have (a) a call and (b) a mission. Our call is to be the light of the world. To reflect God into this world.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matt. 5:14-16)

Ask yourself then…Am I being a light to the people around me? Do people see God in me? Am I being Christ like?

We have a mission.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:18-20)

We are not only called to shine God into this world. We are called to make disciples. If we’re not making disciples, we’re not doing what we are called to do.

#2 The Local Church

So if we are the church, what is then the gatherings on Sunday? That is the local church.

A local church is normally defined as a local assembly of all who profess faith and allegiance to Christ. Most often, the Greek word ekklesia is used in reference to the local assembly (1 Thessalonians 1:1; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 2 Corinthians 11:8). There is not just one specific local church in any one area, necessarily. There are many local churches in larger cities. (check this link for more information)

The purpose of the local church is to work together to reach out to the world around us.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

Francis Chan said…

An inwardly focused church is an unhealthy church. It is a dying church. Biblically, a church that fails to look at the world around it is no church at all.

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#3 The Global Church

When all these local churches are gathered, in view of eternity, we can look at this as the global church.

The universal church is the name given to the church worldwide. In this case the idea of the church is not so much the assembly itself but those constituting the church. The church is the church even when it is not holding an official meeting. In Acts 8:3, one can see that the church is still the church even when its members are at home. In Acts 9:31, the King James rendering of the plural word churches should actually be the singular church, which describes the universal church, not just local churches. Sometimes the universal church is called the “invisible church”—invisible in the sense of having no street address, GPS coordinates, or physical building and in the sense that only God can see who is truly saved. Of course, the church is never described in Scripture as “invisible,” and, as a city set on a hill, it is surely meant to be visible (Matthew 5:14). Here are more verses that talk about the universal church: 1 Corinthians 12:28; 15:9; Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18.

The main purpose of the Global church is to reach the world. That’s why Matthew 24:14 says…

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

To proclaim throughout the world. ’nuff said.

It is good to have the end in mind. When Jesus comes, this is how we look like…

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:9-10)

See that? Every nation is represented. Every tribe. Every ethnic group. That is why we need to mobilize ourselves for missions. That is why we need to keep on reaching out to people around us.

Rev7.9-10 850W

Stop saying you’re too young.
God used John the Baptist while he was still in the womb (Luke 1:39-45), Samuel when he was a young boy (1 Sam. 3) and David as a teenager (1 Sam. 17).

Stop saying you’re too old.
Moses was eighty when he was called to lead a major relocation project (Exodus 7:7) and Noah was 500 when God told him to build the ark (Gen.5:32-Gen.6:22)!

Stop saying you’ve messed up too much to be used by God.Check the Bible and you’d see messed people used by God.

Stop saying you’re afraid of being uncomfortable. We’re not called to be rich. We’re not called to be comfortable. In fact, we are blessed when people persecute us. Or hate us.

Stop saying you’re uncertain of what may happen. Only one is certain. God is God.

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