Let's stop calling our places of worship church. It is confusing, especially to non-believers. There is one Church, and all who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior find belonging there.
- Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:19-20
The Church is made up of sin-filled humans who have placed their trust in Jesus for redemption, forgiveness, and the promise of Eternal Life. It is overwhelming, miraculous, humbling, and joy-filled to think that our worthiness, love, and assurance are God's gift to His greatest creation, humankind.
To celebrate the joy together in praise and worship, encouraging one another, we have come to know and have grown through gathering together in worship as members of the Body of Christ. We gather together to honor His Great Name. Let's call the gathering places the Lord's House. It doesn't matter where we gather together, but that we do.
We, Believers, are the building and His very nature ... wherever we are or go, we are representing God's plan of Salvation through the great sacrifice of Christ's love for us.
- For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:9
Through God's great love, he understood that we are His needy children, always learning and growing, but not without purpose. Therefore, we must remain steadfast in the power of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Head of the Church (and our house of worship). It's through the Church that we are fed through the Word to allow us the ability to move forward in His name as we gather.
- All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
We ALL have a place in the Church to serve and be served. Where we are called to ministry, as the Church, will look different for each one of us. We are linked together through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our story, our journey, is a tapestry of weaving that begins as we become submissive to the Savior's call.
- Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body, you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
The Church, the House of Worship, the Body, serving together in every place and circumstance!