Here Is the Church - Forward with Back to the Bible - April 12

Here Is the Church

Read Ephesians 2:19-22

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

Reflect

Do you go to church or are you a member of His church?

Do you remember the old nursery rhyme “Here is the church, here is the steeple”? Kids would fold their hands with their fingers tucked in so that when they opened their hands you would “see all the people.” Which part is the church? The building with a steeple? Or all of the people?

In today’s verse we see Paul explain that the church is not a building. It is a group of people who belong together because of their shared faith in Jesus Christ. He Himself is the cornerstone. The most important piece! Without this Cornerstone binding us together, the church would collapse. Jesus Christ is God the Son who died for us and rose from the dead to forgive our sins and offer us the free gift of eternal life in Him.

Jesus is our Cornerstone and our foundation is the Word of God. The church trusts that the teachings of the apostles and prophets is the Word of God. Our faith is based on the fact that Jesus is who He said He was and that the teachings in Scripture about Him are true.

As more and more people believe Jesus is Lord and Savior, more members are added to His church. Paul said we are “saints and members of the household of God.” As we grow, we are being joined together into a temple for the Lord. Not into a physical building, but a place where the Holy Spirit dwells in the hearts of those who believe in Christ. Collectively, all believers make up a holy dwelling place for the Lord.

The church is not a building with or without a steeple. But the church is about all God’s people. The rest of that nursery rhyme is “close the doors and see them pray. Open the doors and they all walk away.” Friends, it is certainly important for the church to gather collectively to worship, pray, and grow together in Him. And it is my hope that when “we all walk away” from the church gathering that we are going out into the world ready and willing to share the Good News just as we have been commanded by Jesus Christ. “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15).

Pray

Jesus, thank You for my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. It is a blessing to belong to the household of God. Help me to be an active member of Your church who proclaims your gospel to the world. Amen.

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Originally published April 12, 2021.