The Church the body of Christ - the temple of God  1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Gilbert Chesterton once said that if one carefully studies church history, there are about five times when it looked as if the church had gone to the dogs. But in the end, all five times, it was the dogs who died. 

 

When you look at the state of the church today, it can be so easy to get discouraged. Division is everywhere; many seem to find fault with anyone and everyone, and sometimes you can’t even say you like to butter your toast without someone saying it’s not biblical! 

 

It feels at times like the church is teetering on the edge of a divide. But the amazing thing about God is, no matter how much we might mess up or get caught up in our own human mentalities, God is for the church. He is for His people! 

 

No matter what has happened throughout history, the church has always survived. It may look different than it did two thousand years ago, but the community of Christians coming together to worship has always remained consistent. 

 

It is part of our design, as believers, to gather together. We were created to be a part of community.

 

In the book of Matthew, Jesus reminds us, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them” (Matthew 18-20 NLT).

 

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) encourages us, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

 

Throughout Scripture, we are reminded that God created us all to be together. We were designed for a larger purpose! As much as we would probably love to be able to do everything ourselves, that’s not how we were designed to operate! 

 

Paul tells the church in Rome, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other” (Romans 12:4–5 NLT).

 

As one body, we are called to serve the Lord and love each other. We are designed to work with each other. Our biggest strength is in community! We are more powerful together, with the authority of Christ, than we are as individuals.

 

Paul, writing to the church of Corinth, said, “Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 NLT).

 

 

Church, let us not be discouraged today. Let us not be overtaken by the things we see but rather take heart in the things we know by faith. God created the church, and He will never abandon it. Let us take an active part in building our spiritual body and know that everything happening in the world cannot tear apart what God has put together. We are better together! Let's keep the faith and let's stay united! Greater things are ahead for His church.

 

Going and Growing 2022

 

Pastor Larry