Why do we need the church? As we focus on this emphasis of being the church of Jesus Christ, we’ll examine Scriptures that speak of the importance of connection, belonging, and serving in and through the church.
Monday – 1 Corinthians 12.12-14. “In the New Testament, the human body became the primary picture of the church body. What the human body is to us, so also is Christ’s body, many different parts doing many different things, but one unit. The reason our physical body is one is that all the parts are connected” (Tony Evans, Urban Alternative). If we want it to function, our body’s members must stay connected. Connection is absolutely necessary to life. So it is with Charist and His church, His body. At its best, how does the church help you stay connected to Jesus?
Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 12.14-20. “Christ’s body, the church, is not an organization but an organism. We can create a robot and have organization. But the problem with the robot is that it has no life, it’s not a living being. A human body, in contrast, has organization that makes it function, but it also is an organism, a living breathing life. Connection to the body is necessary for function and for life, and it is essential if we are to leave a lasting impact and impression on our society and in our world” (Tony Evans). In what ways are you connected to the body of Christ, His church? How is your connection life-giving?
Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 12.27. Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church writes: “One reason why you need to be connected to a church family is to fulfill your calling to serve other believers in practical ways. Each of us has a role to play, and every role is important. There is no small service to God; it all matters. Some of us serve in visible ways, some serve ‘behind the scenes’, but all are valuable. In fact, small or hidden ministries often make the biggest impact. Every ministry matters, because we are all dependent on each other to function.”
Thursday – Ephesians 2.4-10. A familiar definition of the word grace is the unmerited favor of God. We haven’t earned our place in the heart of God, nor have we earned the opportunity we have been given to be members of Christ’s body, the church. As His grace transforms our understanding of life’s purpose, we discover that we have been given the grace to do good in His name, in the manner of Jesus. This applies not only to us as individuals, but to us as the church. The church is to serve the world, in the name of Jesus. We are created to be a part of something much larger in scope and meaning (God’s Kingdom life), investing through service.
Friday – Acts 2.42-47. Imagine being able to witness the birth of the church following the outpouring of God’s Spirit at Pentecost. What would have captured your attention? The number and variety of people’s backgrounds who turned to Christ? The believers’ level of devotion to love God through their obedience? Their desire to absorb the teaching of the apostles who’d been with Jesus? The joy-filled fellowship? Their devotion to meet together to pray? The signs and wonders of the Holy Spirit at work? Their generosity? Their joy? Where do you see God’s Spirit at work in and through the church today?
Saturday – Acts 6.1-7. From its earliest days, the church experienced growing pains. It’s important to note that the church was invested in serving the physical needs of people (in this case, widows) as an outflow of sharing the Good News about Jesus and being devoted to prayer. It seems that Stephen, who would soon proclaim Christ in a bold way that led to his martyrdom for his Lord, received a ministry assignment to organize a fair way to serve widows in need of food. All service done in the Lord’s name, in the manner of Jesus, has value in God’s kingdom. Someone once said, “Despise not the small thing, done in Christ’s name.” Wise words for us today.
Posted on Sun, September 10, 2017
by Cheryl Sherrick