In this series, we are praying that our hearts are prepared for this next season. There are so many good things to come with our new building, and the focus of these sermons is to align our hearts with God’s will as he has called us to building ownership. Shout out to Pastor Paul Jackson for this week’s awesome message!
This week, we want to remember what a church is, according to God’s definition. A ‘church’, as defined by Google, is a “building used for public Christian worship.” The Bible, on the other hand, says that a church is a people, and not a building. It is the body of Christ.
Matthew 16:18: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
We have a God-given need and desire community. This is church; church is not a building. The most difficult, and the most beautiful, thing is that churches are made of people. Our church is made of us! Because of this truth, all the members of the church are owners – not because we own a building – but because we are people of Jesus. We are responsible, integral, important pieces of the puzzle. All of us together make a mosaic, depicting the face of Jesus. Hence, our very name!
1 Corinthians 12:12-14: For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
Ya’ll know we love us some practicals, so let’s break it down: below are 6 indicators that you are a healthy part of this church body:
- You have meaningful relationships in our church.
- You receive help from people in our church.
- You give help to people in our church.
- You take personal ownership over our vision.
- You take personal ownership over practical things.
- You actively repair broken relationships.
Side note: in the Kingdom of God, it is always your turn to repair broken relationships. Don’t leave it up to the other.
Jesus loves the church. The church is a people, not a building. Each member of the body is needed. This is our church, and you have an important role here!
Biblical references: Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
- Who can you share with in the church to receive help? Is there any areas that are holding you back from being able to receive from others such as pride or entitlement?
- Do you have meaningful relationships in the church? How can you grow the ones you have already established and how can you initiate new friendships?
- Who can you help in the church? What does that practically look like?
- Have you taken personal ownership of the vision of God’s church and over practical things in the church? If not, where can you grow in this area?
- Are there any broken relationships that need to be mended? Have you asked for forgiveness in your own heart? If not, get before God and allow Him to bring you healing and freedom through forgiveness. It is always your turn to repair broken relationships. Take a step toward reconciliation today.