Who is the Church?

cropped-img_19091.jpgOften when other Christians discover that we share the same faith they will ask “so what Church do you go to”. Non-Christians will ask a similar question but usually, it will be about what “denomination” I belong to.

When reading the Bible we discover that the idea of the church has never been about a building or any particular organization.

The great thing about knowing Jesus is that we don’t have to go to any building on Sunday morning or become a member of any denomination to find Him. He is always there, living in us, through His Spirit.

Many times in the New Testament the Church is likened to a body with Jesus being the head. In 1 Corinthians 12:12 Paul explains that the body is one.

The idea is that we are joined together or united despite where we live, our race, gender or what Christian group we may be a member of.

1 Corinthians 12:13 explains the idea clearly, as Christians we have been “baptized” or immersed into the life of Jesus. We all share Him in exactly the same way no matter who we are or our circumstances.

Paul in the rest of the chapter explains that as members of the body of Christ we are all unique. Some are more visible than others while others work in the background. We all have differing gifts, all of those given graciously by God.

No part of the body is more important than the others, they all work together to help the body function.

If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? (1 Cor 12:17)

So the important thing to remember is that as Christians we are the Church, God’s people, worldwide.

When believers meet they “are” the church gathering together wherever they may happen to congregate.

We are also bound together by the body of Christ where ever we are and at all times.

Author: Wayne Attenborrow

Photo: Wayne Attenborrow

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