Audio Length 31:53
What is the meaning of Church? What’s the point? I personally pondered much on this question. Church is important, no doubt. And all believers and followers of Christ should be going to a full Bible preaching, Holy Spirit filled, loving Church, Amen! But what is the meaning of it? The more I thought about it, all the more I realized that I don’t know until the Lord revealed to me the true meaning of His Church. I mean, Church is not a place to solely get the Word of God, because we are supposed to be reading and studying His Word on a daily basis for our selves. For our growth in Christ Jesus. To receive wisdom and understanding in order apply Biblical principles to our daily living so we can be effective in the life with the power of the Holy Spirit. Church is not to be our sole provider in this or anything else. It is our own responsibility to feed on His Word in our quiet time, in the secret place of the Most High God. But Church is there to provide by the direction of the Holy Spirit some further instructions of God’s Holy Word.
It’s not a house for God either. In fact God Most High has not dwelled in a building since the Holy Temple in Jerusalem that Solomon built was destroyed. And that was a couple thousand years ago, generally speaking. Besides that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit whom dwells in us:
1 Corinthians 3:16&17
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (those who are Born again) If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial?(or another words wickedness) Or what part (or fellowship) has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. (God our Father, The Holy One of Israel is still saying, still commanding) Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”
It’s also not the only place to worship God either. As The Lord Jesus taught that we can worship God anywhere we go, where ever we are at, at any time. The Lord Jesus revealed this truth to the woman at the well:
“The woman said to Him (the Lord Jesus), “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
As we established in the past studies, worshipping God is a life style. Living according to the Holy Bible, that’s worshipping God as the Lord Jesus established in: John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Another words, If you truly love the Lord, you will obey Gods Holy Word. That’s worshipping God. That’s how we honor Him. Now Church is a place to worship God corporately with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. It should be a place for true corporate prayer also, which is the most powerful prayer any body could ever pray (corporate intercessory prayer as like in the days of the Book of Acts 4:23-31. refer back to the study: “The Importance Of Prayer part 2”) So the conclusive point would have to be that Church is a place in the local Community for believers and followers of Jesus Christ to gather together to be strengthened and encouraged by one another in sharing God’s Word. To be refreshed corporately in the Holy Spirit by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ every time we meet. To pray for one another and for the Community, Nation and World as the Holy Spirit directs and for Fellowship with one another in the Holy love of our Lord Jesus Christ!
And fellowship is very important in the body of Christ today and yet we lack it. I looked this word up in the Bible, and I found this word to be very interesting. One thing that is interesting out of many, is that the word “fellowship” has never been used in the Old Testament, only in the New in regards to the body of Christ. Maybe there is no such word in the Hebrew language that translates the word “Fellowship”…. No… that’s not it. There is a Hebrew word, Chabar [Khaw-bar] which means: ‘Be compact, couple (together), have fellowship with, join (self, together), league.’ (according to The New Strong’s Complete Dictionary Of Bible Words.)
The word “Fellowship” is connected to Christ’s prayer, and is a great reminder for us today what He has envisioned His Church to be now and forever found in: John 17:20-26
“I do not pray for these alone, (the Disciples, which Christ prayed for in: John 17:6-19) but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
In order to be strong and effective for the kingdom of God in our community and to live this Holy life in the faith of Christ Jesus, we need to be rooted and grounded in His Word coupled with prayer. As the sayings go, ‘knowledge is power’ and ‘Little prayer little power. Lots of prayer, lots of power’ Reading and studying His Word and prayer truly goes hand in hand. You cannot have the one without the other as we have seen in these last studies,: “The Importance Of Gods Holy Word” and “The Importance Of Prayer.” Which brings us to our next study in the basic foundations. The basic principles of what we do and why we do them, in our faith and new life in Christ Jesus our LORD. And that is the study of: The Importance Of Church.
Without the Word of God and prayer, Church is pointless and powerless. In fact His Word is THE PRINCIPLE THING! THE PRINCIPLE FOUNDATION! and without it, Church will not be successful in the role of Gods plan, purpose and will here on earth. Without His Word, Church is also meaningless. Church without prayer and holiness is powerless, bottom line. Without the love of God and brethren it is also vanity, fruitless and the absolute most waste of our time. And if it’s all that, than how can we as the body of Christ do what is written in:
Hebrews 10:19-25 (because remember, according to: James 1:22, ‘do not be hearers of the Word only, But doers also’)
“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest (enter into the Holy presence of God Most High our Heavenly Father) by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, (the flesh of His Son Lord Jesus The Messiah that was sacrificed on the alter of the Cross at Calvaria as The Sacrificial Lamb of God.) and having a High Priest over the house of God, (which is The Lord Jesus according to: Hebrews 8) let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (by the Word Of God). Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, (without compromise. Being solid in the foundations of our faith in Christ Jesus. Being permanent) for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (the end of the world)
Life is a gift from God and if our time here on earth is wasted, it is sin. We are to be good stewards of what God has given us, and wasting it away is sin. To understand this passage of Scripture we have to go back in time to the 1st Century Church. For Church today is not like it was then and yet should be. What the 1 Century Church had that we have fallen away from, is the true teachings of Christ Jesus of what makes up true Christianity and that is love for the brethren. Living and walking Holy and not just lip service. Fearing God. And having the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit in operation in us, through us and around daily and consistently. Instead we have made preaching (in our own might, strength and wisdom) The principle thing. We made a Church building and membership the principle thing. We have made the principle thing of what we can get from the Lord rather than what we can give to the Lord and to our Brethren in Christ. We have strayed away from the basic foundations of the true Gospel message. The testimonies of our faith in Christ which is: faith, hope and love. Biblically loving the brethren, fellowshipping with one another in the Lord. That is what Church has been lacking for too long in America and true fellowship. We have strayed away from reminding one another the Gospel message of Salvation and God’s call to Holiness, and replaced it with entertainment and prosperity messages.
In these last days, hope has dwindled from the basic message of God. Because we believe today that: “we have arrived! We have evolved higher than the 1 Century Church ever could or imagined!” Therefore We have graduated from the Gospel of Christ and from the ways of yesterday!” FOOLISHNESS!!! Who-so-ever believes that is arrogant, conceited and a fool and the Word of God is not found in them, nor do they know God at all. Folly and destruction are in their ways. This kind of pig slop stinks to high heaven and we need to get back to the basic foundations of faith, hope and love. And denounce, getting rid of those things that separates us from one another. Like bad and false theologies that are based on assumptions or opinions rather than ministering concrete evidence of truth from God’s Holy Word. To denounce and get rid of doctrinal, denominational viewpoints that divides. For all who believes and follows Christ Jesus are of His body which is supposed to be one, under His rule as The One and Only Shepherd. Have we forgotten what the Lord Jesus prayed for? Have we forgotten what He taught? I recommend us all to read and to re-read all of: John Chapter 10. But the Holy Spirit wants to point out this basic fact now Found in:
“I Am The Good Shepherd (Lord Jesus proclaims as universal fact). The Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I Am The Good Shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; (referring to the Gentiles) them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and One Shepherd.”
We also must set aside politics which also divides as we do gather. And focus our eyes on Christ Jesus, the Author and finisher of our faith once again. Because Christ brings us together in Him. Lord Jesus is our common denominator. And to denounce and get rid of the cut and paste theology that has crept into the Church like cancer that has nothing to do with our growth/sanctification in our personal walk in Christ. Nor has anything to do with Salvation nor Gods Word at all. I pray that the Holy Spirit ministers and reveals to you what He means by this, In Lord Jesus’ mighty and powerful name, Amen!
Cut and paste theology which is nothing more than taking some one liner Scriptures here and here and pasting them in this context with that one line of Scripture. Making the Holy Word of God to say what they want it to say. The cut and paste theology keeps people in bondage in believing what they want to believe and making the bible say what they want it to say and what the masses want to hear with no accountability nor convictions. That’s the devils way of making up theology and call it God. And in the end, it is training us to sin against Him. Oh sure it sounds good and godly, but it’s ways are full of hidden traps, deceit and destruction. And it brings divisions into the body of Christ. And that’s what the devil has been doing in these last days in Church for some time and we have allowed it. Because we as the Church (The Holy Spirit is speaking individually now) are failing to recognize what is absolute truth from God’s Word and lie or error from the devil. Because we don’t take the time to study His Word and pray. We don’t truly seek God, His council nor His guidance anymore. And we take the Pastors word for it. We blindly put our trust in man due to laziness and complacency in our selves. Putting the responsibility on a imperfect man to feed us God’s Holy Word, so we won’t have to read it and study it ourselves and know the truth. God’s Holy Word warns all of us, especially leaders of the five-fold ministry: 1 Corinthians 4:6
“Do not go beyond what is written.” (or in the New King James Version) “not to think beyond what is written”
Another words: Revelation 22:18-19
“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: (referring not just the Book Revelation, but the entire Holy Word of God. All 66 Books of Holy Spirit inspired, official Jewish Cannon. From Genesis to Revelation) If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues (or all judgments) described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life (Salvation) and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.”
This passage of Scripture is not talking about the Book of Revelation only, but the full Word of God from Genesis to Revelation. The official cannon of the Jews. Of all 66 books no more and no less. It is all Holy and Sacred. There is a lot of foolery and nonsense going on and it’s wasting our time together and making us powerless and ineffective here on earth because the Church is drifting and being led astray from the Lord with all these sins, foolery and frills.
We as the cooperate body have lost our way. And we need to get back to the basics. We also have lost the love and fellowship of one another which are the basics. I’ve been to few a Churches in my 11 year walk with Christ Jesus so far as the Holy Spirit lead me. I’ve seen the manifestations of The Holy Spirit followed by correct Biblical doctrines of faith and hope at one point in time. But there was no real love nor fellowship toward the brethren. Just people who were excited and zealous about going to Church, expecting a touch from the Holy Spirit of God. They would hear the message and then go home. And that was the norm. After awhile, bad theology crept in because of lack of true prayer and corporate prayer on the alters. And bad theology slowly became Godless ideology. Then the manifestations of the Holy Spirit dwindled slowly away. And people couldn’t wait to leave 5 minutes after a message begins. Surprising?
I remember another Church that I went to after I met the Lord back in Dayton Oregon. The Church I went to was in Amity, just over the hills. A small Baptist Church next to the rail road tracks, under Pastor Allen Swanborough, where the message of the Lord was basic, good and humbling. But the fellowship after Church was so sweet and amazing. You can sense the true, Holy and genuine love of God and of one another so greatly and profoundly, that I was blessed to have this experience, what it might have been like in the 1st Century Church. Fellowship over a salad or sandwiches and pizza with refreshment or what ever they had that week, which wasn’t much. The goal wasn’t to a have a feast anyway, but to fellowship in the holy love of one another in the Lord while breaking bread. Praying for one another as a brother or sister had expressed their personal needs in a conversation without the fear of judging gossip. And we were not in a hurry to leave. And time ceased to exist and passed us by. Such a peace and contentment we all shared in Christ. The best way to describe it is like floating down a calm river flow on a Sunday afternoon with a slight refreshing breeze. No cares. No worries. Just paradise.
Why cant we have true Church today like in the days of the Book of Acts. The Word of God. The true message of faith; hope and love. The manifestations of the Holy Spirit and the blessed fellowship with one another in breaking of bread every time we gather in the godly love and fear of the Lord. And being a powerful witness unto the community God has placed us in? So far I have not found that Church yet. And if you have, get down on your knees right now wherever you are, and praise the Lord at the top of your lungs. And thank Him for blessing you with such a blessed gift from Him. And never take what you have for granted! Because in these last days that true Church of Christ is rapidly dwindling. Fading away into the sunset of apostasy. Where has the Love gone? Where has the love and real fellowship of brethren have Gone? Love is the principle thing. Love is Christ!
1 Corinthians 13 (in place of the word “Love” say: “Jesus Christ,” and it reads this way)
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love (Jesus Christ), I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love (Jesus Christ), I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned (in persecution Apostle Paul is referring to here), but have not love (Jesus Christ), it profits me nothing. (meaning it’s all vanity.) Love (Jesus Christ) suffers long (meaning Jesus Christ and love is patient) and is kind; love (Jesus Christ) does not envy; love (Jesus Christ) does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love (Jesus Christ) never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, (Jesus Christ) these three; but the greatest of these is love (Jesus Christ).
Christ is the Word manifested in flesh! And love is the first-fruit mentioned as the fruit of the Holy Spirit, as it is written:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering (again means patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
Where has the love gone? Fellowship is so important in the body of Christ. It is to strengthen each other with encouragement, revelation knowledge of Gods Word. Equipping the saints with understanding from each others experiences and so on and so forth. That’s why God’s Word tells us how important it is to fellowship with one another in: Revelation 12:11
“And they (the believers and followers of Christ Jesus) overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (The saints of God overcame the devil not only by their talk, but also by their walk in holiness. Because the walk also speaks volumes of your faith in Christ Jesus. How real He is in our lives. It is known as, “the silent testimony.” And this is where we get our sayings from, “talk is cheap!” and “Actions speaks louder than words!”)
Fellowship, testimony, and prayer with one another coupled with the sharing of God Holy Word builds each other up. It strengthens and encourage one another. Being united in Christ and to be recharged and refreshed by the Holy Spirit That’s the Importance of Church! So we can be His effective witnesses, vessels and tools in the might hand of God our Heavenly Father! To be a flame of fire, salt and light on this earth in His plan, purpose and will. That’s the Importance of Church!
We saw Holy love, fellowship, the fear of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit in operation so powerfully in the 1st Century Church. It was written as it was happening then, in the Book of Acts, the Acts of the Holy Spirit, for our benefit today. And if you didn’t see that, then we haven’t really paid close attention. The 1st Century Church in the Book of Acts is the blue print of what we are to have and to be, today. Not graduated or strayed from it! The 1st Century Church puts to shame the so-called modern Church of today. What made them so glorious? What made them so powerful and effective against the kingdom of darkness and deceit. Until next time, God bless you, your family and your friends.