May 19, 2022
The word “church” as rendered in the New Testament comes from the Greek term ekklesia which is formed from two Greek words meaning “an assembly” and “to call out” or “called out ones.” In summary, the New Testament church is a body of believers who have been called out from the world by God to live as his people under the authority of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23).
I have heard the word “church” compared to a building! Most people identify the word church to be a mere building, which is not necessarily true. There is such a thing as a church building, but without the church, it would only be called a building. In order for the name church building to be used it has to have a church meet there continually. So, what then is a church? 1 Corinthians chapter 3 verse 9 answers that question. “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” Church building. Therefore, the church is the people, not the building. But there are two things that need to come to order before a group of people can call themselves God’s church.
According to Matthew 16:18, if Christ is not the builder of the church, then the church will collapse in no time. Jesus has to be the foundation and the building contractor in order for the church to become sturdy to withstand storms and floods.
Christ is also the Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:19-20) “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” The cornerstone is one of the most important parts to building. If it is not placed right, then the whole building can collapse with just one small jolt or jar to the building. Therefore, Jesus has to be placed in the right spot as our cornerstone.
Secondly, the church is compared to A Living Body (1 Cor. 12:27) “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” We are a body. What does a living body consist of in most cases? Arms, legs, hands, feet, head… Christ the Head (Col. 2:19) “He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.” If a body that has no head, has no life. The head is significant as it is where the brain is. The brain is what is needed to function the entire body. It tells our arms to move, our legs to walk, our eyes to blink, and even our mouths to talk and our lungs to breathe. It is the most vital part of the living body aside from the heart. As a church that is the living body of God, we must not think it is possible to function headless. It is impossible.
As we continue our series about the Church, please don’t forget that this is about YOU! Come and be a part of this study. God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light