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2/24

You Are The Church

Rob Schrumpf

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In a culture of hyper-individualism, Christ is building His Church, His House.  In Ephesians 4, Paul shifts to the metaphor of Christ’s Body and implores the church to be unified; not for unity’s sake, but as a preview, a foretaste, a sample of God’s revealed mystery, His plan of bringing everything together in Christ. We are one in Christ, but each member has a distinctive role that contributes to the health and mission of the whole Body. 
 
As the Body of Christ, we carry the fruit of the Spirit, things like humility and gentleness, patience and forbearance that allow us to maintain unity and, together build up the church, making disciples who make disciples. 
 
“God is gathering a people who, moving beyond their own self-oriented inclinations, are learning to love one another as Christ has loved us.” - Woodward and White

 

 

2/17

This is Church

Rick Whitlock

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Ephesians 2:19-22 
"You are members of God’s family.  Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself.  We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit."
 
In the first couple chapters of his letter to the Ephesian church, Paul reminds them that they had been outsiders; separated from Christ, without hope and without God.
But God, in His mercy and grace, had given them life, hope, and now they are being built into the dwelling place (the House) of God, not a building or a doctrine, but the collective of Jesus followers on mission together with Him.
 
Paul reminds us that:
We are members of God’s family, adopted, reconciled, and included.
We are God’s house, built on the foundation of the Gospel of which Jesus Himself is the cornerstone.
We are becoming a holy temple, called to to be the House of God.
We are church, being built in and on and by Jesus, not only  the foundation and cornerstone, but also the architect and builder  who then moves in and (abides in and through HisChurch.
 
“Our community with one another consists solely in what Christ has done to both of us.” - Bonhoeffer

 

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