Friday, September 7, 2012

The Church, What Does It Mean?

Should We Go To The Church To Be The Church?

Question : The established church has a set program of doctrine that is repeated over and over, Jesus said His sheep hears His voice and follows Him. So the true Church must be people who follow Jesus and hear his voice, even though they might not go to church, Is it right? Should one go to the Church to be the Church?

Answer : We should not stop going to Church as the apostles has clearly instructed. If we stop going to Church, we will have no opportunity to stir up love and good works. The writer of the book of Hebrew says,
"24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." (Heb 10:24-25). Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27). Yes it is true that we should hear the voice of Jesus and follow Jesus. But hearing the voice of Jesus is not a prerequisite to salvation, but it is the fruit of salvation. So only we will hear His voice if we are truly saved and so we do not lose salvation when we stop going to Church as we are the Church of the Living God.

We are called not just to go to Church, but be the Church of the living God. But at the end of our lives we will lose much of our reward if we do not use the opportunity God has given to stir up love and good works through our Church fellowship. In the first century, some people who stopped going to Church did not grow in their spiritual lives and so the apostles were not pleased with some of them. As we come nearer to the Rapture of the Church, they were consciously foreseeing and advising that the technology and other things of our age should not isolate the believers to stop exhorting one another. This type of godly exhortation is what we are doing through the same technology of Internet that God has given to all of our generation. At the same time, we should go to Church to stir ourselves up spiritually under the men of God whom God has chosen to edify and disperse His heavenly grace to the believers by giving them as a 5 fold gift to the universal Church
(Eph 4:11).

We can share love only in fellowship and not in isolation. So going to Church is not a command but is an advice for our spiritual good and growth, but to be the Church is not a suggestion but a reality that must be lived out in cooperation with the truth of who we are
(2 Cor 6:16-18; 1 Cor 6: 19-20; 3:16-17). On the other hand, if we just attend the Church without being the Church through accepting and letting Jesus Christ live through us as our Lord and Savior, we just pretend as though we are the Church. I hope you have understood the emphasis.

Much Blessings.... :)


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