“Is The Church To You A Building or The People Gathering To Build Up In Christ?”

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.

Who do you belong to? God The Father in heaven or the father of lies, the devil?

Do you listen to God’s Truth, or do you listen to what you want to hear?  Do you delight in the ways of the Lord including His discipline to train, or do you delight in evil, too prideful to listen to instruction having nothing of God to fear?  These questions are not to promote anger or a fight, but only to dig deep in your heart; truly to know and do what is pleasing in the Lord’s sight.  The Bible is God breathed and is good for correction, rebuke, and training in God’s righteousness, for it is not up for debate, if you simply disagree with the content of what God says in His Book; then do not argue with others who share the scriptures as it is what God is only saying to us all and if you say it’s untrue, then really it’s your heart that you refuse to know by taking a much needed look.  Would you rather hear lies and what sounds pleasant to the ears? Or would you rather know the truth even if God brought you to your knees in true repentance of heart felt tears?  Do you believe that God doesn’t let His children suffer in any pain?  If you really think this, I need to inform you how that is very shallow and vain.  For if God chose to give us His One and only Son to suffer and pay the price for those who would believe, then what makes you better than God the Son, to not go through suffering and to die while proclaiming your Lord and Savior’s Name? I warn you not to listen to the father of lies, the murderer since the beginning of Adam and Eve, who only wants to destroy anyone who will listen to him, the simple and vain who are too blind to see God and His Word to believe.  God’s living Word who came to this earth to fulfill the perfect plan of salvation for those whose hearts would know and believe in the Name of Jesus, God’s only Son.  These are a witness in heaven which are the Father, Word, and Holy Spirit as they are equally One.  The Bible speaks of this Truth as it says in 1 John 5:7-9 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.  And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.  If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.  The prophecy of the scripture is not for personal interpretation, but is what God says and the Holy Spirit of Truth teaches the heart of all the children to know with God’s Wisdom and not with man’s opinion to add;  don’t listen to man’s instruction of thought, but listen to God’s teaching in your heart as you will know whether it is from God or an evil spirit trying to trick your mind against Him by way of worldly wants to make you temporarily glad.  Listen to God in 1 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 1 John 2:20, 27 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.  As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you.  But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit- just as it has taught you, remain in him.  Ephesians 4:11-16 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.