Daily Manna/Devotional “The Word ´Church”
December 4, 2021
Colossians 1:18, Colossians 1:24 📖 Church buildings are plentiful in our country. Locating one may be easy, but wisely deciding which to join involves more thought. God´s Word gives us some specific instructions in this matter.
First, let´s explore the original biblical meaning of the word ´church.´ The term ecclesia meant a group of people who are called out of the world´s system by God´s grace for the purpose of assembling to worship and serve Christ. Ephesians 5:22-30 further specifies that believers are the body and Jesus is the head of such a fellowship. Under His leadership, we can enjoy the unity and purpose that He intended. God´s design for this sacred gathering involves worship, instruction, encouragement, evangelism, and ministry to those in need, both within the fellowship and outside its walls. A healthy, vibrant congregation is possible when members rely on the Holy Spirit´s guidance. The work of the church is to be done in His power, in humble and prayerful submission to the Lord. To help you determine whether a church is following the design laid out in Scripture, here are some important questions to ask: Do they believe God´s Word is infallible and inerrant? Is the church discipling her people? Does the fellowship have some kind of missionary or evangelistic program?
Joining a congregation is an important decision, as a fellowship of believers is one tool God uses to mature and encourage His children. Those three questions can be helpful in discerning God´s will. Listen for His Spirit to warn or direct as you prayerfully investigate your options.
Daily Manna “The Word ´Church” | Daily Manna “The Word ´Church”