Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Experiencing God's Presence in Community

"Be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:18-20 NLT

God created us to enjoy community. The reason God created woman was because man was alone. God said that loneliness wasn't good. Yet, many of us live out our lives apart from the Church or Body of Christ. We say we love Jesus, but we don't need or want to be with His people. My former pastor said that attitude was like saying, "I love my wife's head, but don't need her body."

Some of us have been hurt by the Church. Some of us just don't see the relevance of the Church. Yet, the Bible makes it clear that it's in the Church that we experience the continuous filling of God's Spirit and presence.

In the Church is where our lives find meaning and purpose, as the gifts of God are confirmed and affirmed in us. In the Church is where we find comfort, accountability and love. It is the Church that represents Jesus to a lost and dying world. How good of a job are we doing?

"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." Hebrews 10:24,25

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