Ephesians 2:21-22, “In Christ the whole building is joined together, and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.”
Who we are outside of church represents our relationship to the church, and ultimately to Christ Himself. Spiritual growth comes to an abrupt halt if we are not actively serving and engaging in the body of Christ. And sadly, the majority of our culture thinks of church in geographical terms, a specific location. However, in Matthew 16:18, when Jesus said, “On this rock I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it”, He was obviously referring to something far greater than a building with a physical address. Rather, He was casting vision for the unity of all Christ followers worldwide. In today’s verse, when Paul describes the church as a holy temple he’s talking about us! We are the temple; a dwelling place for God fortified and empowered by His Spirit. So, the body of Christ, both corporately and individually, is purposed to extend the reach of the local church.
The phrase “one another” appears in the New Testament fifty-nine times. We are to serve, love, submit, greet, encourage, make peace with one another and the list goes on. Each part of the body of Christ matters greatly to God, because He gifted us with unique talents and abilities that no one else can do. If we’re not leveraging our individual giftedness, then the body of Christ is incomplete. Are you rocking the house playing your vital role within the local church? Are you inviting people to experience life change on a regular basis?
Praise God for the local church. Thank Him for the great relationships in your life. And pray for the FC staff and volunteers that will be working together to make the C3 Conference 2017 a smashing success!
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