Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~Romans 15:5,6
Friendly faces. Warm hugs and genuine smiles. Voices loud and minds focused. Hands raised high. Hearts and lives laid open before the King of kings.
I love the body of Christ; the unity of brothers and sisters who make up the Church. It isn’t about the building, but about the focus: Jesus.
Today, Day Three of iAmThankful, I am most thankful for the body of Christ. Sunday mornings, my husband I head to a place everyone calls church. But church isn’t a place. It is who we are. My husband and I went to the park this morning and read our bible together. I believe that is just as much church than going to a place on Sunday morning.
Together there, we worship the God of gods passionately and unashamedly. Together we learn, we grow more in love with Jesus, and we are encouraged and equipped.
For the past two to three months, we have been attending a church community called Harvest Bible Chapel (there are tons of Harvests around the world). We meet in a local elementary school–proof that a church isn’t the building or where it is placed. The unity of believers gathered together makes up the church. Anywho, the people are real. The worship is real. The preaching is REAL. You can feel the presence of God in that place. It’s overwhelming and heart-warming. I know that Jesus is there. It’s awesome.
As awesome as Harvest is, it isn’t the reason I am thankful for the body of Christ. There are tons of great church communities all over the world. I am thankful because being apart of the body of Christ and living that out is what we were created for. All for the glory and fame of God. It isn’t about which method is right or wrong or which style of worship and preaching is right or wrong.
It is all about Jesus Christ, Savior of the world!
I pray that you are apart of a community of fellow believers who are passionate about loving Jesus and making Him known. As Paul says, “Grace be with you all!”