The Measure of A Strong Church
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Jesus Christ is the head of the Church. Through the head, each member of the church receives the command, stays connected, supplies and receives strength from each other while living by faith. Living with faith in this manner is the union with the church. (Eph 4:15-16)
The measure of a strong church is determined not by the number of people that attend Sunday services. In fact, it is gauged from factors such as spiritual growth and how members are serving the Gospel for the rest of the week.
The assembling of the saints in worship services are only a small portion of one’s duty that involves the church life. There are many other responsibilities that strengthen the church such as benevolence, edification and evangelism that are fulfilled by the members as they live their daily lives.
We who have become children of God by believing in the Gospel of the water and Spirit and have received the remission of sins according to the will of God are God’s people. John 3:5. The place where the people of God gather is called the church of God. There are many measures of what a strong successful church is. Rev 3:1 states that when the health of the church is not safeguarded, it has the potential to die. A strong church is akin to……
1. A Body
The church is the body of Christ that functions when each member is doing his/her part to make it strong and vibrant. 1 Cor 12:27; Rom 12:3-8; 1 Cor 12:14-22.
2. A Family
The church is the household of God that permeates love and harmony. We must learn to love one another as a family of God. The larger the church is, the harder it becomes to maintain a sense of family. However, we must endeavor to maintain oneness. 1 Tim 3:15; 1 Thess 4:9-10; 2 Thess 1:3.
3. A Temple
The church is the temple of God where people offer praises to God as a family. We, as individuals are the priests who offer spiritual sacrifices to God that are pleasing and acceptable to Him. 1 Cor 3:16-17; 1 Peter 2:5; Mal 1:6-8
4. A Kingdom
The church is the extension of God’s Kingdom on earth. A Kingdom suggests a King, to which citizens submit allegiance and obedience to the righteousness of God. We, as born again saints of the water and Spirit are citizens in God’s kingdom. Our faith is rested on Jesus Who took our sins by the way of baptism at the River Jordan through the laying on of hands by John the Baptist. Subsequently, Jesus experienced death for us. Col 1:13; Matt 28:19-20; Col 3:16
5. A Bride
The church is portrayed as the pure bride of Christ. As a bride, we must maintain our purity by being constantly cleansed by the Word. We adorn the garment of righteousness by faith as our bridal clothing in our daily lives. 2 Cor 11:1-2; Rev 19:6-9
At NCCkl, our church is measured based on the above expressions found in the Scriptures. It is my heartfelt desire that unity and harmony is maintained at all costs to bind the church together.
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