What is a Church? (according to the Bible)

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching; Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it in simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:3-8

True Church is an assembling of Jesus disciples in a manner which facilitates all of the above. It is a gathering where all the gifts of God may be utilized, in Godly order as the Spirit leads. Please read it again, and take note, that this is the true Church which Paul is describing. A real Church, the Church in Rome. See here

Paul starts out by warning about pride – thinking too highly of oneself. And the context here is the fact that every member of Christ has been given a measure of faith and certain spiritual gifts, and therefore, the man with spiritual pride over his gift of leadership will dominate and not allow the diversity of giftings to come forward. And if he does some token gestures in this direction, it’s still with his own agenda intact. Pride will keep him and the Assembly from functioning as Christ intended, as we read here in these and many other verses. It will become a barren spiritual waste land unless all the gifts are utilized.

Paul was a true leader. Read what he had to say about the functioning of the Church. If anyone disagrees with Paul, they’re wrong.

No more lame excuses why Church today can’t function as it did under Paul’s instruction, with EVERY gift functioning together.

3 Responses to “What is a Church? (according to the Bible)”

  1. Al Nelson Says:

    Reblogged this on lastdaysoftheage.

  2. Mark Says:

    I notice that, when I am talking with a saint, God usually has me to ask them a question, to draw out from them what it is that they really think and believe. For example, if a brother quotes a verse, I might ask, “So, what do you think that verse means?”

    The emphasis is not to be upon what I think, what I believe, or a personal intention to share what I know [teach out of what God has already taught me]. Rather, I am to explore what God is doing in each saint.

    In this way, an amazing thing happens: instead of saying something that I know [even if it is true], I experience the inspiration of the Holy Spirit [truth just flows out naturally in whatever way the Spirit deems appropriate].

    If I am willing to have a sincere interest in another believer and be a student myself, it is amazing how God reveals Himself [and everyone benefits].

    It’s like the difference between pretending to have a conversation with someone and having God speak through us to one another.

    God bless,

    Mark

  3. ian vincent Says:

    Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching; Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it in simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

    Where all this is possible, and encouraged, THAT is a NT church.

    The one who prophesies is allowed to prophesy. The one who teaches is allowed to teach. The exhorter is allowed to exhort, and so on.

    ALL the gifts present are recognized and encouraged, and appreciated.

    1 Corinthians 14.

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