Lunes, Nobyembre 2, 2015

What is Church?



It is strange but true that most people — even the great majority of religious people — do not know what a church is. Ask the average man what a church is, and he’s apt to reply: “Well, anybody knows that! A church is a building where people go to worship God.” But this is not correct. The word translated church, in our Bibles, simply means assembly. A church is not a building, but the assembly that meets in the building. Technically, a church is not even a religious gathering, for the same word is used in Acts 19:32 of a riotous mob which had assembled at Ephesus, and this verse says that this assembly was confused and that “the greater part knew not wherefore they were come together.” Perhaps this could apply to many a church today, but the point is that a church is not a building but an assembly of people.
The church of which the Bible has most to say is “the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28), and St. Paul calls the church of this present dispensation, “the Body of Christ,” or “the Church which is His Body” (I Cor. 12:27; Eph. 1:22,23).
Men cannot join this Church by water baptism or any other religious rite, but only by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. With regard to believers in Christ St. Paul declares: “By one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body” (I Cor. 12:13). And in Rom. 12:5 the Apostle says that “ye, being many, are one body in Christ.”
Many sincere people have had their names on local church rolls for many years before learning this great truth — that the true Church of God is not a building, but the assembly of those who trust in Christ as their Savior. Doubtless, people in and out of many of the religious organizations we call churches belong to this one great Bible Church, while others, with all their religious profession, do not. The question is: Have we sincerely trusted in Christ as the Savior who died for our sins?

Disclaimer: These post and the picture is not my own I just inspired blessed by this message and want to other people blessed upon this message. 

Source: by GLOBAL GRACE BIBLE MINISTRIES

22 komento:

  1. Church is not the place for the saints but for the sinners. Kaya nga andaming naiistumble sa church e. Pero thank God kasi He made us perfect.

    TumugonBurahin
    Mga Tugon
    1. Kaya nga tama, walk by faith and not by sight :)

      Burahin
  2. I have always believed that it's not the Church that will bring us to heaven but our faith and trust in the Lord.

    TumugonBurahin
    Mga Tugon
    1. I agree! It's not the church that can save us. But our personal relationship with God. Church is just a place for fellowship and edification.

      Burahin
  3. For me, a church is representation of God's family/community. What matters is our faith in Him. :)

    TumugonBurahin
    Mga Tugon
    1. Agree mommy, that is most important our faith and our personal relationship to God.

      Burahin
  4. Thank you so much for this reminder Melisa. I am "floating" right now because I am not connected to any church, and you know, it really takes a toll on my walk as a Christian. It's a lot easier when we're surrounded by like-minded people who strengthen us like iron sharpens iron.

    TumugonBurahin
    Mga Tugon
    1. welcome mommy Marie, aw, sana makahanap ka ng chuch. Well pray for that mommy/

      Burahin
  5. Just like Meikah, it is how I understand about Church. It is simply a unity of every family/ community and God as the center.

    TumugonBurahin
    Mga Tugon
    1. Yes mommy I agree. and also it is a home of all Christian family.

      Burahin
  6. I think in this modern and fastpace society it is important to take time to reflect on our relationship with God.

    TumugonBurahin
    Mga Tugon
    1. Yes mommy,church is also consider as a place for fellowship to other believer.

      Burahin
  7. People's misconception about church = building makes me cringe. I don't know why some people go to church when all they do is gossip, look here and there and not even paying attention to what the mass is about. ~pearliza paguio

    TumugonBurahin
    Mga Tugon
    1. Yes I agree mommy, nakakalungkot. Sa isang linggo isang araw lang ang pagpunta ng church then yan pa ang ginagawa. whew!

      Burahin
  8. Church for me is a place you can talk to God soulfully but I know you talk to Him all the time. I just find it sacred for me while inside the church so as much as possible I keep my focus on Him during the mass.

    TumugonBurahin
    Mga Tugon
    1. Focusing to God with all our heart is really great.at ang sarap sa pakiramdam.

      Burahin
  9. This is a great read dor every Catholic out there. Let us not forget to keep the faith.

    Xoxo
    MrsMartinez

    TumugonBurahin
  10. Good read. Being a good person is still what I believe the key in heaven and not any Churches or religion.

    TumugonBurahin
  11. I believe that church or religion cannot save us.. it is God's sanctification and justification that happened on the cross that saved us through the forgiveness of our sins... and because of the cross we are enjoying freedom today, let us not forget what happened on the cross and may we walk by faith and follow and live according to God's word day by day... great sharing here! ;-)

    TumugonBurahin