The concept of the Church is to be researched if we are to fully understand its importance. The Church does not only comprise of the building, but it also has a lot to do with the presence of God in a place. One aspect of Church I believe ought to be understood is this, “The Church is a Biblically functioning community.” In other words, the Church is critically important in the development of its people, government and nation.
The Church is the beacon of hope to a dying world, it is a light in a world filled with gross darkness. And I believe the scripture says, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.” This light I believe is not an ordinary light; a million times no. It is the light of God’s Glory (His presence and fullness). Therefore, when we talk about light in this context, it is the transformative light that if exposed to anyone who cares to embrace it would be changed, (metamorphosed).
Let us look at what the Bible says about the Church:
- “And let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.” Read Hebrews 10:24-25 (AMP). The Church is a place of encouragement, understanding and a place to experience God’s GLORY. Psalm 73 gives us a perfect indicator of how important the Church is to you and me and why the GLORY must be experienced. I recommend Psalm 73 as a must read.
Listen to this, “The Church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the Church. The Church is Christ’s body, in which He speaks and acts, by which He fills everything with His presence.” Read Ephesians 1:22-23 (MSG).
So, what is the Church? Simply put, “The Church is a living organism.” It is always changing and evolving – it’s called metamorphosis, from one level of glory to another. And we are to be experiencing the GLORY every time we gather as a body of believers.
I articulated all of this to highlight the importance of the Church. However, there is something greater which we ought to be experiencing when we go into Church; and that is the GLORY.
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