What is a Church?
The church is made up of the Body of Christ – believers, those who have received the forgiveness of their sins through believing on the redemption of Jesus. These believers no longer live for themselves. They have not just added God to their lives. They are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and are allowing the Spirit of God to guide and direct their life. As Paul says, “it is no longer I who live but Christ in me.”
As believers, we are the Church; we meet together as brothers and sisters in the Family of God, enjoy praising our Father, hearing the Word of God, singing hymns, fellowshipping, and encouraging one another in the Word.
Our mission individually and corporately is to bring the Good News of salvation to the lost.
What is the Good News? It is the truth that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
Making a difference in people’s everyday lives will benefit the believer as well as the community. When the church is rooted deeply in its community, and its membership is operating as public servants, the church will impact the lives of the people and the believers will fulfill the Messiah’s mission on earth.
As Isaiah 61 proclaims, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he has sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are in darkness.”
Our Prayer today…
Gracious and Merciful Father, We thank you and praise your Holy Name, for you are worthy to receive all praise, honor, and glory! We join with the angels before your throne as they say holy, holy, holy. Blessed be the Name of the LORD! We thank you and praise you for your Son, Jesus, who has not only delivered us, but is our Mediator who is ever before the Father making intercession on our behalf.
Almighty Father, we stand amazed at the awesome power of prayer you have given to us, your Body, your church. Therefore, we come boldly before your throne of grace today to seek your face and ask for your mercy upon our land. You are faithful O God and we stand on your promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
You, O God, are not a man that you can lie, but you are faithful to do as you have promised. You do not require a majority to hear and answer prayer, for you have said “your people” whatever that number may be.
What a comfort to know you see our hearts and hear our cry for mercy and deliverance from this “plague”. For you are Almighty God, you are Sovereign, and you are very good. And even in this time of distress, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
We ask, O Mighty Father, that we, the Body of Christ, be anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach Good News to the lost, to bring comfort and your healing to the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom and deliverance for those who are captives of the Enemy, and release from darkness those whose eyes have been blinded to the truth of salvation.
We ask Father that you infuse your children with your power and provision, and even during this time of solitude and separation from the world’s deafening roar, that we will hear your voice through reading and meditating on your Word and have an inner attentiveness to you alone.
It is in you, gracious Father, we put our hope, our trust, and our confidence.
And it is in the mighty Name of Jesus we pray,
Amen by Sherry Bell