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 What is church?
A building where people meet on Sundays?
That is the answer that most people would give you if you were to ask. In fact, the first definition in a dictionary would most likely be 'a building designed for worship'.
But if you were to ask Jesus, He would tell you that the church is His people. It is not a building, but a body.
It is a group of believers, not a denomination.

The Greek word for church is "eklesia", or "called out body", those who have been called out of the world through salvation. There may be many churches in your community, but all born again believers are ONE in Christ. Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:22, 23 that God has ..."put all things under (Christ's) feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body..."
He also tells us in 1 Timothy 3:15 that the local church is the house of the Living God, and..."the pillar and ground of the truth."
"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is: but exhorting one anther: and so much the more, as ye see the day (of Christ's return) approaching." (Hebrews 10:24 & 25)

Your selection of a church should be preceded by prayer and reliance upon the leading of the Lord. Be sure to choose a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, Bible-preaching church.

You may say that you don't need church. That you can watch church on TV, or listen to church on the radio, or learn through Christian literature and the Bible. But to serve the Lord, it is important to gather with a group of believers to worship the Lord, praise Him, learn of Him and then go out and tell others.
The ministry of a Bible-teaching pastor, the fellowship of other Christians and the many opportunities to learn, grow and serve, will nurture you spiritually, and help you discover God's perfect will for your life.

Some of the things that constitute a church are

1. Christian love is evident.
2. Bible believing preaching, centering on the cross and the blood of Christ.
3. A place where dreams begin. A dream with a vision for your life and your service.
4. A place where Heaven becomes real. The people know that there is a Heaven and that is where they have placed their hope. Heaven is open to us.
5. A place where sinners are welcome. God doesn't care where you've been, He's concerned about where you are going!
6. A place where God's voice is heard and His presence
is known. His presence is available to us through our worship and praise.
7. A place where major decisions are made, for your life, seeking His will and your service.
8. A place to learn how to commit yourself to Christ's way of life. A place to learn to live with the joy of Christ in our lives.

When you learn to serve, you will find that joy.
Joy for eternity that will carry you through sin, sadness, sickness, sorrow, depression, and all things.

One last point to make about serving the Lord in church is the fact that we have other Christians to support us.
In Exodus 17, when Moses held up the rod of God, Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek (the enemy) prevailed. But in verse 12 it tells us how heavy his hands became, so ..."Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun."
We have our fellow Christians in church to hold our arms up!
They will lift us up when we need it!

As you earnestly and prayerfully seek God's will, He will lead you to the right church. I hope this page has helped you learn how important it is for you to learn to serve in a good church body.

God Bless and Keep You 


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