Connecting to the Church

What is the church?  A denomination?  An organization?  No.  The church is people.  While people may organize with good and Godly  intentions, these things are NOT the church.  People are.  That's you!

Ephesians 2:19-22 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

I have been preaching, as of this writing now for 38 years and pastoring for 27.  I know the difference between going to church and being the church.  Most people go, but few are.  So how can you change that?

In my early days of pastoring there was a family who came to church at the invitation of a friend.  They responded to the altar call and expressed their faith to believe in Jesus and ask for Him to forgive them of their sins.  One Sunday, the father of the family asked if he could say something positive about a previous church service that meant something to him.  I obliged, and he stood up.  He went on how God had changed his life and his family.  He was so grateful for the previous service and said, "It was one Kick A** church service last Sunday."  I like to have died laughing.  I had a few "saints" who like to have passed out.  But the family is family, and that's what a church is.  Family can be funny.  Family can be dysfunctional.  Family can be messy.  But the family is a great source of strength and joy for everyone.

So, where is your church family?

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I don't want to go to church I want to be part of a church.  Help me to join a great family today.  AMEN.

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