The Write Place- Curtis Bruce Kessler

October 15, 2010

The church

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The church

Sometimes you see a truth in scripture that jumps out at you like never before. I believe of course this is God working His greatness in revealing nuggets of truth. Such was the case as I came across two passages while studying. One is in Romans 16:3-5 and the other is a parallel verse in 1 Corinthians 16:19. Paul had a tremendous relationship with a couple named Aquila and Priscilla who had labored and worked diligently by his side even to the point of risking their lives for him. Yet, this was not the truth God thought I needed to hear or read at the present. Here was the two phrases that caught my attention- 1 Cor.16:19 “…with the church that is in their house.”; Ro.16:5 “Likewise greet the church that is in their house.”

If I asked you to define the church what would you say? Many people today identify the church as a building. In fact, sadly, many of us that have been part of the church for many years have slowly over time fallen prey to this association. But found within these two phrases are really the simplest definition of what the church is and is not. The church IS NOT a building but IS comprised of people. Notice what the Apostle Paul says here- “…the church that is IN their house.” This is so simple yet so profound. You see, with all our expensive buildings, our awesome technological advances, our state of the art equipment, and our fine comfortable pews, what is the most essential and should never be lost is, well, the church. In other words, it’s the people, stupid.

The word church comes from a Greek word ekklesia which is defined either as “an assembly” or “a called out people.” But in either case we are always dealing with real people. Jesus in dying on the cross didn’t die to save buildings but people. The church consists of people who have entered a relationship with Jesus. In the latter part of Acts 2:47 this passage clearly shows this truth by saying,”…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” But that wonderful re-established relationship with the Lord doesn’t end there. We enter new relationships with each other! In fact, back up to verses 42-46 of Acts 2 and you will see believers living and experiencing these new relationships but also you will see how those dynamic relationships impacted the community.

God re-focused my spiritual vision back to the central cause of Jesus and His church- people. The world is moving at a fast pace and there is always distractions in our life-journey. Remember what is important- people, our souls, and our relationships.

Bruce Kessler,
South Canadian Valley church of Christ, Norman, OK


1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the refocus.

    Comment by Michael — October 28, 2010 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

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