Day 3: The Church
“God put everything under Christ’s feet and made him head of everything in the church, which is his body. His body, the church, is the fullness of Christ, who fills everything in every way.” - Ephesians 1: 22,23 (CEB)
A church is more than a building. It’s a place, a community, a family where people are nurtured, loved, cared for and supported by one another. In a spiritual sense, we understand, from scripture, that the Church is God’s body; His Holy Habitation, His household.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German preacher, asserts that, “The Church is not a religious community of worshippers of Christ but is Christ Himself who has taken form among people.”
As Christians, we are members of God’s household—His family. It’s a wonderful privilege to be a member of God’s family. In this Family, we are connected to each other. Everyone is important. Everyone has a calling and a job to do. God has given us gifts and callings “to fully equip His people to do the work of service--building up the church, which is His Body.”
As we focus our attention on Jesus and the truth of His Word, we, soon discover that God’s purpose for His Church is bigger than its individual parts and, therefore, can only be satisfied and/or achieved as we work in unity as a team - The Church. As stated in Ephesians 4:16, “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”
I thank you Father, that we are Your Body, the Church and with hearts and minds opened, we acknowledge you as the Head of the Church. We pray, in the Name of Jesus, that the partners of IFC keep the unity of the Spirit and that we all speak the same thing with no division among us. I pray that all you have placed in our hearts to do will be accomplished and we will all complete the work You have assigned us to do as a Church - Your Body here on the earth. (Eph.4:1-7; 12-16; Romans 15:5,6)