What is the church?

When I was dating my wife, she asked me how I would be able to promise to love her forever, when I didn’t know what she would look like in 50 years. I had to think about the question to give an answer that wasn’t flip or pat. What I came up with was this, I love who she is inside, her soul or spirit, and that won’t change. The church is the body of Christ, and the Holy Spirit is our spirit. Christ is our head, or soul. Changes come in the body. Some of them are exciting, like the first steps of a toddler, or the first fuzz on a young man’s lip. Others are distressing or frightening, like an arthritic wrist or beginning to forget things. Do we love the church because of its soul and spirit, or were we just in love with its body? If the body seems to change, do we fall away?

In order to have a strong body, we need to love the health of the body more than we love our comfort. We need to look out for the special needs of each part of the body. What can you do this week to strengthen another member of the body of Christ?

The Lord of the Harvest

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
(Matthew 9:35-38 ESV)

Jesus told his disciples to pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest. He said this because he had compassion for the crowds. He wanted them to pray that laborers would be sent out into his harvest.

  1. Do you pray for the work of the church, that the Lord of the harvest would send out laborers into his harvest?
  2. Are you an answer to prayer, a laborer ready to be sent into the harvest field?

Consider how God would use you in his church today, and this week. On Wednesday evening we learned how the Apostle Paul called himself a δοῦλος, a slave in the service of the gospel. Are you living as a slave, or a volunteer, in Christ’s service?

The TRUE Jesus!

When I first moved to Rockford, I went to a laundromat to do my laundry. I got to know the owners and some of the other regular customers during my visits to the laundromat. There was a husband and wife old enough to be my parents who were regulars at the laundromat, and we had several discussions on biblical topics. They claimed to be Christians and appeared to have beliefs that were biblical. Continue reading

Thessalonian Boldness

Christians are not only commanded to preach the gospel to the entire world, but are to declare it boldly. In the book of Acts, we observe how diligently the apostles boldly preached. They proclaimed it amidst severe hostility, threats and peril. In fact, they were filled by the Holy Spirit to declare the gospel boldly; He (the Spirit) empowered them to act courageously (Acts 4:8; 4:31; 9:28; and 13:52). Continue reading

Thessalonica: A Paradigm Church

The church of Thessalonica caused Paul the least distress of the many other churches he commenced during his missionary endeavors. Thessalonica was a sound Christ-abiding church that conducted itself ideally, even though they were a relatively young church. Amazingly, Paul preached only three consecutive Sabbaths in their Jewish synagogue, and many were persuaded to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior (Acts 17:2). Continue reading

His Ways Are Past Finding Out

Many trials, struggles and situations have occurred in our lives in which we have had absolutely no clue as to why God orchestrated them into our lives. Furthermore, we are unable to foresee things of the future, but God does. Like the prophet Habakkuk, there are times when we question God