Thursday, October 3, 2013

Is the church important?

Answer: Yes it is. 

The Bible speaks of one church, the church of Christ.
  • “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling” (Ephesians 4:4).
  • “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). 
The phrase “church of Christ” is not a proper name, but a description. The church that belongs to Christ. Romans 1:16 states “...the churches of Christ salute you”.

Christ has promised to save His church at the Last Day.
  • “For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body” (Ephesians 5:23). 
  • No salvation is promised to those out of Christ but instead they “shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). 
Jesus died for the church.
  • “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). 
Conclusion: Since the church was important to Jesus, it should be important to us too.

By Cliff Sabroe