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If we fail to recognise God’s delegated authorities and fail to honour, submit and serve those who God, in His wisdom, has placed in leadership, we cut ourselves off from the flow of the anointing.
It is common these days for Christians to think that they can be part of Jesus but not part of the Church – this is simply not Biblical.
This plan is quite simply The Church.
This is the ultimate destiny of Church – to show heaven, in its entirety, who God is and what He is like.
This verse shows us that the Church is not primarily here to educate people or reform society or meet people’s social needs or to be a fellowship gathering, but it is a Spiritual organism, testifying of a Spiritual Being to other spiritual beings.
Our attitude to the Church is our attitude towards Jesus.
The plan that God has for your life as an individual can only be discovered and outworked as we connect to His Church.
The New Testament and Church history show us that Satan always seeks to destroy the Church. Why? Satan has figured out what most Christians miss: the Church is God’s plan.
In disconnecting us from the Church, Satan seeks to disconnect us from our own purpose and destiny.
The Holy Spirit had so moved upon their hearts, that spontaneously and willingly these believers gave themselves, their lives, their time, their energy, their finances, their all into the local church.
Imagine if our goal in life is not to fulfil our own destiny, but to help others to fulfil theirs?
When we meet together as the Church, Jesus is there. The power, glory, authority and presence of heaven are in our midst.
There is as much of Jesus present in your local church on a Sunday morning as there is in the special “revival” service taking place in another part of the world.
If we want to hear God speaking, perhaps the best place to be is not always in the prayer line of a prophet, but in the pew of our local church, hungry and expectant for God to speak to us.
National revival will never bypass the Church.
The answer to your community is your church. The Church is God’s plan, God’s move, God’s outpouring. Moves of God come and go, but your local church, God willing, will have a place in your community for generations to come.
Just because something is less exciting, doesn’t mean it’s any less God.
what Jesus meant when He talked about “an abundant life” was not excitement, but fruitfulness.
Less exciting doesn’t equate to less powerful.
The local church needs our loyalty – and we need our local church. Give to it, tithe to it, serve in it, honour it and celebrate it! It may not always seem as exciting, but it is the only way to bear fruit and fruit that remains.
Count Zindenzorf said, “there can be no Christianity without community”.
Dr John Andrews says, “Ironically, although no book champions the cause of the individual more than the Bible, the individual is almost always seen in the frame of community”.
There can be no Christianity without community.
Those who don’t see the point of attending church or don’t feel like they are “getting anything out of it” fail to consider that their presence may provide a source of encouragement to people in the meeting who need encouraging.
is not spiritual to say you don’t need a church meeting. In fact it is pride and arrogance and a denial of what God says we need in Scripture.
we must remember that Church is not meant primarily to be a social club, a place of lots of activity or one devoted purely to social action. It is a spiritual house, offering spiritual sacrifices to God.
Biblical unity is not social, but spiritual.
As the church creates an environment where people can meet with Jesus - a culture of prayer and Holy Spirit encounter - hearts that are full of bitterness, and areas of conflict and lack of forgiveness, may be touched and changed.
It is interesting that this was the culmination of Paul’s vision for the church. His end goal was not necessarily a large church or prosperous church but a united church.
We bear fruit and fulfil our destiny, not by striving, but simply abiding, connecting and remaining in fellowship with the vine and, consequently, our fellow branches
Not only are we going to heaven, but the moment we receive Christ heaven comes to us! We are a mobile House of God and carry the atmosphere and culture of Heaven wherever we go.
There is no condemnation in Abba’s House. It is a place where prodigals see a “Welcome Home” banner.
grace is more powerful than the law
We need to be able to see what is happening in our own church, not just other peoples. Whenever we meet together, even in the most boring, mundane, ordinary place, we are in Abba’s House. We are on Holy Ground.
Many people today are passionate about their thing – their ministry, their vision, their dream. Our unique, God-given passions and desires, whilst wonderful, must never replace our all-encompassing passion for the House of God.
Like the tribe of Dan, some Christians like to “spy out the land” instead of settling where God has put them. They are constantly looking for a church that is bigger and better and more attractive.
Outside the parenthood provided by the house he found that he was no longer treated like a son, but a slave. Sons cannot be sons unless they are in the house.
we must be very careful that we don’t receive the Father’s blessings but reject the Father’s house.
Every Christian I have known who decided that they didn’t need the House of God has always lost the presence of the Father.
Don’t ever take the Father’s silence for the Father’s permission.
a lily is clothed in glory (Matthew 6v28-29), not by striving, but by simply remaining planted in the right environment.
This is interesting as it gives us a little insight into how Satan seeks to hurt us. One of the things it says is, “he had been driven by the demon into solitary places” (Luke 8v29).
Quite simply we are more powerful when we are together. No wonder Satan seeks to keep us in solitary places, away from the family of God.
God doesn’t want us to live life alone. Not only does He give us His Spirit, He gives us the Church, He gives us brothers and sisters in Christ.
In seeing the church as the family of God, acceptance is a huge word. I know that when I am with my family, I am accepted. Other people in this world may judge me, hate me, criticize me, but among my family I am accepted just the way I am.
Church is never meant to be a TV reality show or talent contest where people are fired because they are not good enough or voted home because someone is considered better. It is a family where all are loved, all are valuable, all are accepted, all are needed and all contribute.
People often say that Christians are hypocrites because we go to church and pretend that we are perfect. They are missing the point. If I were perfect, I wouldn’t need to go to church.
The wonderful truth of God being God is that He is able to speak to other people about me without me having to speak to other people about
Carnal Christians love to expose faults and failures, or go out of their way to expose weaknesses in an argument. Peacemakers notice faults, but are happy to keep the peace by loving, covering and honouring.
Jesus is telling us that it is meaningless to bring worship to God until we are in right relationship with our spiritual family.