There are Many Churches

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2 (NIV)

For some reason I felt the need to go over last week’s blog. Sunday after the prayer meeting I addressed the Christian Gaming Community and preface by saying, “This is for the blog.” Then I poised the question “What does the church do? We have a few pastors and one priest in our community and for good reasons they were a little stunned that I would ask such a question. Slowly and cautiously they replied to my question.

H: Church is a place where people come together to worship and pray to God. The church reaches out to the people in the community in God’s ministry. We bring the “Good News” that “Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and saves everyone” to the community. The church helps the community and its people.

S: The church is a body of Christians that grows like a living body except the Christian body never dies.

At this point I thought I had my answers but then other people joined in citing scriptures so many I could not keep track of them all to write in this blog. We then dove feet first into the theological discussion of the church, a building, and its significance in the Christian faith.

After some time we decided to end the discussion but all were thankful for spending the time in fellowship and theological discussion pertinent to the global situation aka Corona Virus.  Later in the quiet of the night I was typing out today’s blog when Cergie said, “I know you didn’t ask me but let me just tell you this”.

The Church is important it is a place where all Christians come together to pray and worship God. We do not have to be in church to pray and to worship God because we are in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is in us.

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

Wherever Christians come together and pray God will always be there. We should always do the things that God commands us to do. And there are times that scripture that one person says will not have the same meaning to me as that person.  Christians grow in accordance to God’s plan for us so your scripture will not have the same meaning for me as it does for you…that’s what I think. Thank you Cergie.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20 (KJV)

The church is important to Christians. It is a place where the Christian body comes together to pray, to sing, to praise, and to worship our Heavenly Father God Almighty. It is a place of goodness and wisdom. It is a place where people fellowship and grow in the Christian faith. It is a place that we enter and we breathe a sigh of relief as God’s peace fills us. It is a place of forgiveness and healing. It is a place where people come together out of compassion and love for the people around us and the community.  The church is a place and a person.

God bless all that read this with His love, light, grace, mercy, and wisdom. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Revelation 22:21 (KJV)

In after thought I added the hymn below titled “We are the Church”. H spoke of this hymn in Sunday’s discussion and told of how she used it in her church and considering today’s topic I decided to add it to the already long but hopefully insightful, almost an essay, blog.

 

Refrain:
I am the church! You are the church!
We are the church together!
All who follow Jesus,
all around the world!
Yes, we’re the church together!

1. The church is not a building;
the church is not a steeple;
the church is not a resting place;
the church is a people.

(Refrain)

2. We’re many kinds of people,
with many kinds of faces,
all colours and all ages, too
from all times and places.

(Refrain)

3. Sometimes the church is marching;
sometimes it’s bravely burning,
sometimes it’s riding, sometimes hiding;
always it’s learning.

(Refrain)

4. And when the people gather,
there’s singing and there’s praying;
there’s laughing and there’s crying sometimes,
all of it saying:

(Refrain)

5. At Pentecost some people
received the Holy Spirit
and told the Good News through the world
to all who would hear it.