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6th May 2012
What is the church? In his letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul describes it as a household, the church of the living God, and a pillar and foundation of the truth.
The church is not just a club we join or somewhere to go on Sunday mornings; it is God's household and He has chosen us to become part of His family. We are now united in Christ, brothers and sisters, each with a vital role to play as together we reflect the love of Jesus.
God's household has love on display – it's where the lonely find a family, the forgotten belong, the broken receive healing and restoration, the outcast is accepted and included – it's where ordinary people like you and me receive His mercy and are welcomed home!
Secondly, Paul writes that it is the church of the living God: individually and collectively, we are the temple of God, those in whom He lives by His Spirit. When we gather together, we should expect to encounter and experience the loving presence of the living God, who transforms us, heals us and fills us with peace and joy.
Finally, the church is described in this passage as a pillar and foundation of the truth or, in the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible, as a "buttress" of the truth. 'Buttress' can be defined as 'the protecting rock', surrounding and reinforcing God's truth. That's the church!
We are God's household, where His presence dwells and the truth of the gospel is declared, defended and demonstrated. Jesus has won the victory, and we – the church – reflect His glory to our town and the surrounding areas.
Verses: 1 Timothy 3:14-16
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Posted by Santino Hamberis