The Lord’s Family
He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.Colossians 1:18
We gain strengthen from other Christians, we learn the Word, and we worship God together. Attending church prepares Christians to serve Christ for the remaining six days of the week. Church can be considered as family, because we are with our brother and sisters in Christ.
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. (Acts 9:31) The church was established by Christ because he knew Christians need to be together to strengthen each other, worshipping God in song, prayer, the Word; and we are changed because we are closer to the Lord. The church should always study and preach from the Word, because Satan is trying to destroy the church.
The word “church” is found 126 times in the Bible. Every Christian should be a member of a Bible based church, because every Christian needs to be with the Lord’s family to keep us on the narrow road to Heaven. Christians have been meeting together since the days of Jesus, and meeting together is a necessity to being close to the Lord.
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) It through baptism that we receive the Holy Spirit, and it is the Spirit that connects us to Christ. Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. (Acts 2:41) Baptism comes from the heart, knowing our sins are washed away and that we have forgiveness from Christ, because we can never be perfect.
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. (Romans 8:9) We belong to Christ when we have the Holy Spirit, and through the Spirit Christ guides us, and the Spirit convicts us when lean toward sin. We get baptized at church witnessed by our brother and sisters in Christ.
Today if you are a member of God’s family, invite others to attend church.
Prayer: Lord thank you for the church, and for my brothers and sisters in Christ, In Jesus name, Amen,