Function of a Christian Church

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Do You Know what the Church is?

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The Church is not a building, meeting hall or home it is The Body of Christ present on Earth; this body is composed of all Christians that are true believers in what Jesus instructed, taught and ordained when he was here on Earth.  He fulfilled “The Law” as revealed in the Hebrew Bible and amplified, clarified and augmented The Word of GOD Himself and  through His disciples (Apostles) to whom He sent the Holy Spirit to assist in this mission.

Matthew 28:16-20 ESV*
The Great Commission

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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This is the primary function of the church

There are other important functions of course: Teaching, edifying, supporting missionaries and each other in Christian Fellowship.  Since this world we live in is currently flawed and subject to the effects of sinful imperfect people, including we Christians, we have more to do than what is delineated above.

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In gratitude to GOD Christians strive to obey God representing HIS Good on Earth by ministering to needy people: needy non-Christians and, needy Christians alike.

Helping fellow humans in as an unconditional manner as possible demonstrates GOD’s Love to all.  God wants all people to gain eternal life and access to heaven and Christians are HIS voice to the unknowing people.  The unbelievers the unsaved the lost the troubled wherever they are.

Fellow christians use your gifts to serve

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2 Peter 3:9 ESV*

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

John 3:16 ESV*

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 6:23 ESV* 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:13 ESV*

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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Love Beyond Lust

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True love goes way beyond lust or pleasant feelings

Pleasant feelings and physical attraction may initiate a relationship between a man and a woman but true love is much more than this. Selfless caring for one another, spiritual growth as a couple and a commitment to limit sexual activity exclusively to each other.  From initial infatuation to a deep understanding of one another is accomplished through keeping the stated promise to be true and loyal to one another.

You ask , “The Bible teaches that no one is without sin; what happens when one or both fall short?”
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The Bible also explains this:

1 Peter 4:8

English Standard Version
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

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To me  . . . “love covers a multitude of sins.” means love overrides our own personal (often selfish) preferences and agendas.  Imperfections exist in every one; I have not seen proof of any kind that there exists (or has exited) a perfect human being.  No me, not you not your spouse . . . or even your parents or children.  Love gives us the ability to accept imperfection for what it is.  Of course manifestations of evil or behaviors intended to do harm must be considered more than imperfection if it becomes a threat to life and limb.  This includes deliberate metal cruelty beyond an occasional loss of temper or action done in ignorance.  Love therefore can be a life changing influence also.  The family unit is the building block of nations and love insures a positive outcome.

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 But where does love come from?

1 John 4:19 ESV 

We love because he first loved us.

John 3:16 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

GOD taught us how to love and when we build family units with this spirit of love we build strong nations and demonstrate the good GOD wants for all people.

Love between husbands and wives is the glue that holds the family unit together and helps chart a course through life.

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Marriage described in the Bible is an ancient covenant between a Man and a Woman for the purpose of having and raising children thus sustaining human life.  The quality of life and the result of people procreated and nurtured in this way promotes health mentally well-balanced contributing citizens of Earth.  The “good” we see in the world is sustained in this way when humans are diligent to follow the instruction revealed by GOD within The Holy Bible.  The formula is easy to understand and the goals are not difficult to achieve.  However, since the introduction of sin into the World we must work hard not to fall into temptation and yield to evil of any sort subverting the benefits of marriage .  Christians can rely on GOD helping to deliver the positive result from Christian marriage and procreation by, studying GOD’s Word and applying it to their life and the fabric of the family.

Husbands:

Ephesians 5:25 ESV

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, . . .

 Wives:

Titus 2:4-5 ESV

And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, . . .

 

 

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Are there Prophets here Today

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Yes, there are prophets here today.

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No, not prophets like Elijah or Jeremiah but prophets of GOD nevertheless. Since Christians can read and study GOD’s Word in great detail every Christian has the potential to speak for GOD.  The better they know GOD’s Word the more able they are to express GOD’s messages for all people.

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Some Christians have the Spiritual Gift of Prophecy.

1 Corinthians 12:27-28 ESV 

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.

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Not to judge but to encourage one another to do what is right.
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Since we all fall short the modern Christian Prophet reminds fellow Christians to do what is right, what is good and what is edifying. There is a need in some cases to explain a Biblical principle in modern terms. For example:

Exodus 23:4-5 ESV

“If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him. If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him.

The Modern Prophet may say, “You should help anyone in need not just those you know and like.

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There is no shortage of opportunity

Not just repeating a truth from GOD’s Word but expressing His love in many ways: demonstrating forgiveness, promoting justice, being fair and demonstrating that you care for GOD’s creation and fellow humans. Help those harmed by floods, wars, tornadoes and ever small scale calamity affords an opportunity for you help people in GOD’s name.  You as a Believer in Our Lord Jesus Christ can express GOD’s love in this way.  In the process you contribute to making living on Earth better.  It will be made better though the perfection will not be extant until Jesus returns when we as believers will enjoy a perfect body and live upon a New Earth.

Isaiah 65:17 ESV

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.
AMEN 

 

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How to Become a New Creature

Christians receive many blessings and become new creatures

When we understand our true nature, agree with GOD and accept Jesus Christ and His message we become a new creature.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

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What does this mean?  Does it mean we shed our skin and look different?

It means GOD no longer sees us as sinners – past, present or future – because Jesus has paid the price for sinning: death, ultimately spiritual death.  GOD has amnesia with respect to our sinful nature and we are assured of an eternal life.

Romans 3:23 ESV 

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Hebrews 8:12 ESV

For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

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We have a new spiritual nature and depending on our progress as new creatures becoming more Christ-like we will display this change more as we grow in our Christian walk.

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Some sins are easy to defeat but, some sins are PERSISTENT and take a RELENTLESS desire to purge from our being.

Hebrews 2:18 ESV

For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

And so my fellow Christian, if you keep up the “Good Fight” against even the sinful tenancies within your self Our Lord can help you succeed. Remain committed, recall the victories, if you stumble repent and continue to walk in the faith.  Study God’s Word each day, feed your mind what is good, and fellowship with like minded believers helping each other to be that “New Creature” even in this old world.

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