Church


Church

What is the church? Not a building, but the people who comprise it. It's in the Bible, Acts 17:24, NIV. "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands."

The church is people who believe. It's in the Bible, Ephesians 2:21, TLB. "We who believe are carefully joined together with Christ as parts of a beautiful, constantly growing temple for God. I Corinthians 3:16, TLB. "Don't you realize that all of you together are the house of God, and that the Spirit of God lives among you in His house?"
What does the church do? The church spreads the Gospel. It's in the Bible, II Timothy 4:2, NIV. "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, encourage—with great patience and careful instruction."
The church has God-given responsibilities. It's in the Bible, Ephesians 4:12, TLB. "Why is it that He gives us these special abilities to do certain things best? It is that God's people will be equipped to do better work for Him, building up the Church, the body of Christ, to a position of strength and maturity."
Each believer has a significant contribution to make. It's in the Bible, I Corinthians 12:13, TLB. "Each of us is a part of the one body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves and some are free. But the Holy Spirit has fitted us all together into one body. We have been baptized into Christ's body by the one Spirit, and have all been given that same Holy Spirit."
Believers encourage each other. It's in the Bible, Hebrews 10:25, TLB. "Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near."

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