The church is the body of Christ, where Jesus is the head of that body, and we can all come together as a community of believers. It does not belong to a denomination, nor a service or mass. It is so much more than merely a building, structure or place of worship. The Church is the people of God with the goal to establish His Kingdom here on Earth. It is meant to be shared and contributed to by its members.
Often denominations will claim their beliefs are where the truth can be found. They will try to apply their man made rules, regulations and interpretations into faith. There are no denominations in the Bible and preferences are brought forth by humanity. We can find the real source of truth in scripture, in the teaching of the Holy Bible and through the words of Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
God brings people together to accomplish things collectively that we cannot perform on our own. We are God’s people, moved by His Holy Spirit. In listening to His Spirit, we are led to specific churches for God’s glory, so we can be a part of something that is so much greater than ourselves. We are meant to work together as a body, submitting to the head which is Christ. “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12 NLT)
Without submission, the health of the church will diminish and lead to division, with each part wanting to do its own thing and go its own way. A healthy body functions when all systems are working in harmony with each other, and performing the tasks they were designed for to the best of their ability.
Let us work to build and maintain a healthy church together. One where we can be God centered and led by God and His will. Our individual walk with God is personal, but it is not meant to be private. We are meant to be a community of believers, interdependent on each other, with one mutual mission: to love others and to evangelize and make disciples. We cannot force each other to submit, but must be willing to provide that permission in order to allow others to speak into our lives. A healthy church will provide a spiritual covering, wise & Godly counsel, deep friendships and a purpose in life that is bigger than the individual.
“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 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.” (Ephesians 4:15-16, NLT).