SIMPLY CHURCH

Jesus said in Matthew 16:18 “I will build MY CHURCH.”  The question I ask is, what is the original Bible name of the church?  GOD NEVER NAMED THE CHURCH.  You never need to name something when there is only one.   Paul writing to the church at Ephesus wrote in chapter one, verses 22 and 23:  “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”  Christians make up Christ’s church.

Max Lucado wrote this article recently and it really hit home to me.

“SIMPLY CHURCH”  “The church names we banter about?  They don’t exist in heaven.  because it is not the denomination that saves you.  And I wonder, if there’re no denominations in heaven, why do we have denominations on earth?
I know this is a crazy thought–but what would happen if all the churches agreed, on a given day, to change their names simply to “church?”  And then when people chose which church to attend, they wouldn’t do so by the sign outside, they’d do so by the hearts of the people inside.  And then when people were asked what church they attended, their answer wouldn’t be the label but just a location.  And then we Christians wouldn’t be known for what divides us, instead we’d be known for what unites us–our common Father.
Crazy idea?  Perhaps.  But I think God would like it.  It was His idea to begin with.”

Jesus prayed for it.  In John the 17th chapter which is really the Lord’s prayer, He said, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their (Apostle’s) message that all of them may be one. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Our divisions are hurting the cause of Christ.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be known SIMPLY AS HIS CHURCH.

 

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