God has an eternal purpose in Christ for the church. The local church has its place in that purpose; we do well to explore it and manifest it to the glory of God.
“Church” hasn’t enjoyed the best public relations recently. Many think they can do better without it. But what is the church, and what is its place in God’s purposes?
Jesus built His church, His body (Matthew 16:18, Colossians 1:18). Great! What is the church supposed to do? What are the collective responsibilities of the churches of Christ?
Jesus was to establish His church, and the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). And yet there is so much confusion in the world today about the church. Can we still perceive the Church of Christ? The Scriptures provide a way.
We cannot allow ourselves to be shaped by the world; therefore, we must be shaped by Jesus. We do so through repentance, rooting ourselves in Jesus in word and deed, not the world. We must also be built up in Christ and in His body, the people of God, the church.
As therefore ye received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and builded up in him, and established in your faith, even as ye were taught, abounding in thanksgiving…for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and in him ye are made full, who is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:6-8, 9-10).