2nd June 2017

Let’s Go To Church 

“This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5:32 (NIVUK)
 

In Acts 2, when Jews from various countries as well as Judaea came together in Jerusalem to observe the Levitical Feast of Pentecost, something very mysterious happened. Instead of promoting Judaism, the Temple celebrations, synagogue attendance or worship at festivals, the Spirit of God did something entirely different. He promoted a new spiritual relationship, that of Jesus Christ and his Bride, the Church, which union Paul calls a “profound mystery”. It was not a mystery in the sense of something hidden and therefore not seen, but in the sense of something that was once hidden and is in the process of being revealed for all the world to see.

This was the fulfilment of Christ’s own promise that he would build his church, and it was something that had not happened before. This was new, and it anticipated how Christians from all walks of life would meet regularly so that they might participate in this holy togetherness.

How would it be if a couple were married but never met? It can and does happen from time to time, but it’s not unreasonable to expect them to be with one another most days and to talk to one another? As individual Christians, we can commune each day with Jesus. And, as Christians collectively, we can all participate at least once a week by assembling together as the Bride of Christ.

When the Holy Spirit calls and convicts us to come to Jesus, it is not an invitation to follow him solely on our own, but to follow him together as his church. It was not to be inconspicuous in a crowd, but to be part of crowd of believers so that everyone and any one may see who Jesus is.

Let’s go to church, and enjoy being part of the Bride of Christ.

Prayer
Loving God, thank you for the gift of church and for the relationship we have with your son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for calling us to be his Bride, and help us to celebrate that special relationship. In Jesus, name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson

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About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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