Be the Church (Part 3 of 3)
The church reflects Christ more accurately than you can alone. It is like a car, and you, its tire. You find your purpose mounted on a wheel on the car, and the car needs you to run properly. Do not try to live the Christian life alone. You must work together with other believers. You can accomplish more together than you can imagine according to the power that is at work in all of you (Ephesians 3:20).
The word of God equips you to carry God’s life to others. It is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). As you input it into your life, it changes the way you think (Romans 12:2) so your relationships become increasingly healthy and filled full of God’s life. The church teaches and preaches God’s word to build your spiritual muscles and prepare you for works of service (1 Peter 2:2, Ephesians 4:12).
In a word, love summarizes the flow of life between God and you, between you and other believers, you and your neighbors, and you and your enemies. This love is demonstrated as you use your spiritual gift(s) (1 Corinthians 12:4–5), serve others (John 13:14–16), and spur one another on to ever increasing love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).
Love flowing between and among believers is the distinguishing mark of Jesus’ followers (John 13:34–35). That is why believers must not give up meeting together with other believers (Hebrews 10:25). You can love other believers only as you associate with and relate to them. Being the church is one way to advertise your allegiance to Jesus to those who do not believe in Him (Matthew 10:32).
Going to church is different from being the church. Jesus’ fans go to church. His followers are the church. The fans are like insulation and the followers like copper wire. God’s current-life flows through the wires, not the insulation that covers the wires. You want God’s life to flow through you, right? I know I do. Be the church! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freechristianleadershipresources #church
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