Until I met the Lord by the Holy Spirit drawing me to Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I saw the church as merely a building. The pretty, white building that was huge and nice to look at. Truly going to church was the building itself. But now the building is only the meeting place for me where we, the people of God gather to build up one another in all knowledge in Christ Jesus in unity. We gather together to encourage one another, comfort, edify using our many gifts, and worship the Lord together, pray, cry, and laugh. The people are the Church and the building is just the place to go for us to meet. The destruction of the building doesn’t destroy the Church, even in death, those who kill the body, they themselves will be destroyed. One day we, who are in the Church, the body of Christ will be raised, those who are asleep will be raised and changed from corruptible to incorruptible. Those who are still alive will be raised and changed from mortal to immortal. Yes, we the Church with all its members work together for edification and this is who we are in Truth and Love as we build one another up in the Love of the Head which is Christ Jesus. This includes correcting and rebuking our brothers and sisters in the Word of God. Should we invite someone to church, or should we give the invitation of the Lord by telling them they are in sin with expression of God’s Truth in Love, and the gospel message of Christ Jesus? This I am learning as Truth in Love, to tell someone the Truth is Love, gently and patiently regarding God’s Truth about sin and not attacking them or speaking to them with an unloving tone, but boldly asking them questions regarding inward examination so they will know they are in need of Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Also not judging them because we are not the judge for eternal salvation nor are we the judge for eternal condemnation. We do have the responsibility to speak of consequences that God states in His Word regarding those who reject the gospel message but this needs to be done with Truth in Love and not as though we ourselves are condemning them by speaking with domination. They may reject today, but tomorrow receive the Word deeply rooted in their heart. This I am still learning in my heart as the Holy Spirit teaches me and the those in our family of believers that the Lord sends for edification to know the Will of God.
When we give an invitation from the Lord regarding they are indeed a sinner and in need of a Savior and that Jesus is God the Son sent to die on the cross, resurrected to life, now ascended to the Father in heaven sitting at the right hand of God, and those whom the Holy Spirit draws them to Jesus as their Lord and Savior, then of course we still invite them to grow as a disciple of Jesus wherever the meeting place is of His Church and it is not limited; Unlimited in the Power of God wherever there are two or three in the Name of Jesus, then He is also present. Matthew 18:19-20 Again I say to you, That if two of you shall agree on on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in the midst of them. Acts 20:18 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Romans 12:3-5 For as I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So, we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 1 Corinthians 10:31-33 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we are bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were one member, where were the body? But now they are many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Ephesians 1:17-23 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.