Churches Divine Design “The Essence of Church” (Series) Part-1

I want to begin a study on the church. Maybe you have been a part of the church for a long time, but do we really know what the church is and what it has been called to do? Are we really aware of what we are blessed to be a part of? Do we fully understand what is required to be a part of the church? We live in a time when most are encouraged to participate in all sorts of extra-curricular activities. They are pressed to join civic clubs, social groups, volunteer programs, etc. It seems as if humanity is now judged by which groups or clubs they are associated with.

These clubs and civic organizations, for the most part, do a good work among society.
They offer help and assistance to those who would not otherwise be able to get certain
services they need. Others are for mere enjoyment, but these are just that organizations
made up of men with largely human principles and ideals.

The sad part is many are looking to the good deeds they do to ensure their acceptance
of God. They are depending upon their busyness and contributions to society. There is
absolutely nothing wrong in being involved in our communities or volunteering our time and talents, but we must understand that good works alone cannot save. For the scripture says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

So, what separates the church from all the other groups and organizations? As I said
these are just organizations, made up of men. The church is much different. It isn’t an
organization, in fact, it is an organism. The church is a living thing. Those who genuinely make up the church were born of God and live unto Him. Our membership never ceases, because we never really die. We just change locations. For God’s word says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10).

The word church is translated from the Greek word ecclesia and literally means “a called-out assembly.” Of all the groups and activities, I have been involved in, none compare to the church. I rejoice to be a part of the church. I am pleased to identify with the church. I wasn’t voted in; I was born into the church! The “Church” is a special place and the purpose of this series is to hopefully bring to light the importance of and essence of what the Church is and should mean in our lives. Next time we’ll look at some key elements of the Church.

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