GodNov 08, 2018 by Alyssa Duvall
In a thoughtfully convicting article for ChurchLeaders, author Nicole Cottrell outlines the most spiritually poisonous lies many Christians believe today about the Church. Give them prayerful consideration!
"Ah, the lone believer, hell-bent on staying out of a church community for one reason or another," Cottrell begins. "They were burned, chastised or mistreated." Still, there is pain in being without fellowship and community, and a series of events drove her to see that "church was not optional because, I was, in fact, the church." After all, biblical references to the church (ekklesia) as “the house of God,” “the Body of Christ,” “Christ’s bride,” refer to people, not a building, which brings us to...
"If we are the church, then this can’t actually be true. We don’t actually go to church on Sunday," Cottrell explains. "What we do instead is assemble where other members of the church happen to be, and we usually sit in a pew and listen to someone preach from the pulpit." This is not just church, you are the church!
Scripture tells us, Cottrell says, that "the church exists for the believer—to equip, edify and empower the saints. To manifest the body and life of Jesus Christ."
"In the consumer-driven, 'bigger is better' culture we find ourselves in, many Christians have come to falsely believe it is our responsibility to build the church," Cottrell contends.
The truth is, we are not the ones who do the growing. "1 Corinthians 3 teaches that, while some of us plant and others water, it is God who causes it to grow. We are 'coworkers belonging to God.'" God is the one doing the work!
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