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Matt 9:50b … Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.

In the last few weeks we have discussed what it means to follow, to be a disciple of someone, especially Jesus. Then we looked at Faith and life as a follower being A sojourn (/ˈsɒdʒərn/ soj-ərn) an impermanent stay reached by journey, or a period of temporary residence. That we are forever tethered to Jesus as followers and therefore to his kingdom which is ‘not of this world’ Jn 8: 23 He said to them, You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Jn 18: 36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world…. Eph 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

We are members of a house hold, parts of a body and residents of a kingdom that represents and belongs to God.

Is the ‘ekklesia’, [(greek) uses {assembly 3, church 74, churches 35, congregation 2}] First used by Jesus in Matt 2:18 to describe His Church. The Ekklesia, the church, the called out people of God, you and I who are followers / disciples… is this a organisation of adherence to rules and rites to gain the best for ourselves individually or could it be a community of dependance and interdependence?

Dependance upon God for his saving grace and power to change and interdependence upon ‘one another’.

So often I think we have separated those two words by a chasm of selfishness. we like to think about ONE ( ourselves) and point the finger at ANOTHER (everyone else).

John 13: 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

1 Cor 12: 12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptised into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many.

In this modern or post modern, supposedly civilised 21st century we have made church all about one, me, myself. We leave if, my needs aren’t met or I’m not getting fed or I don’t like the music, the carpet, the paint etc.

* So what do we make of the body not consisting of one member vs 14?

I do not believe in personal faith… I think faith is corporate, worked out and walked out in community. Messy trying and tiring community.

Heb 10: 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

It’s easy to boil church down to being about me, if we see it as a service, a building, a thing we attend… However church is not places, it's people, it’s not services it's disciples, it is not an inanimate thing, it’s a living breathing entity; the church of God, the body of Christ and each of us is a vital part.

The most amazing two words to digest when thinking church are GOD and ONE ANOTHER.

1 Cor 12: 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

* How can you give up on your body without damaging it? How can you abandon a body your part of?

“Church isn’t where you meet. Church isn’t a building. Church is what you do. Church is who you are. Church is the human outworking of the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s not go to Church, let’s be the Church.”                         Bridget Willard

“The perfect church service,would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.”                           CS Lewis

“Some go to church to see and be seen, Some go there to say they have been, Some go there to sleep and nod, But few go there to worship God”    Unknown...

 

 


 

 

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