and the Church"
is not uncommon today to hear people devaluate the
Some say in effect, “Christ, yes; the church,
While some profess they love Jesus, desiring
even to follow Him, they have little use for “the
Scriptures, however, are clear:
cannot have the church without Christ, and one cannot
have Christ without the church.
church was God’s idea, God’s plan.
It is not man-made.
In fact, observe the close relationship between
Christ and the church.
is the head of the church (Ephesians 5:22-23a); He
is the complete voice of authority.
is the Founder of the church.
Christ said to Peter, “On this rock [the
confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God], I
will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not
prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
is the foundation of the church.
No building or institution can be stronger than
the foundation on which it rests.
And for the church, “no other foundation can
anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus
Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).
is the Savior of the body, which is the church:
"For the husband is head of the wife, as
also Christ is head of the church; and He is the
Savior of the body" (Ephesians 5:23).
Indeed, as has often been noted by some in an attempt
to minimize the church;
church doesn’t save anyone.”
However, Christ saves the church!
In fact, the church is
composed of the saved (Acts 2:47).
Christ loved the church and gave himself for it (Ephesians 5:25).
We usually judge the value of something by the
price we pay for it.
For what price was the church purchased?
purchased the church with His own blood (Acts
cannot separate Christ from His church.
low estimation of the church may be due to a lack of
understanding of what the church truly is, as taught
in the Bible.
There is also a misconception of what the
church is all about.
of the most simplistic, yet one of the most beautiful
images of the church in Scripture is that of the family of God.
As such, the church is designed to be a place
of loving encouragement (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews
3:13) to those who are seeking to follow Christ.
Also, it is God’s desire for His family, the
church, to grow and grow.
God wants His family to share the good news
about Jesus Christ, as Jesus instructed His disciples:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all
the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them
to observe all things that I have commanded you; and
lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Amen" (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV).
does one become a member of God’s family, the
those who were convicted of their sin and believed
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, Peter said,
“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the
name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and
you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit"
"Then those who gladly received his word
were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls
were added to them" (Acts 2:41).
" And the Lord added to the church daily
those who were being saved" (Acts 2:47).
the Lord can add one to His church when one obeys the
Gospel as Peter and the apostles presented it.
the Lord added you to His church?
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