Defining the Christian church

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I say this not because I am a pastor but rather as a follower of Jesus — I love the church.

The church is not a manmade philosophy or idea. Rather the church is Jesus’ invention and He builds His church. In American Christianity many times we have a wrong perception or idea of what the church is. Below is some of what it’s all about! 

First, the church is the people of God in Christ Jesus. It is not a building made of brick and mortar. If you are a believer, you are the church. An individual becomes a part of the church when he or she confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in his or her heart that God raised Jesus from the dead.

The church is called out from their old ways of living and called into a community of believers (the local church). I can confidently say my church lives life in community and shares one another’s burdens, sorrows, and very lives together. 

The church is one that goes out, not just gathers to consume on Sundays. Church planter Ed Stetzer states, “But until we embrace the words of Jesus, ‘As the Father has sent me, I am sending you,’ we will never truly embrace the missional mandate and become a church that breaks the code.”

The code that needs to be broken is a church that only believes church is an event (church service) rather than a life’s calling lived out in every area of life, spreading the Good News and living as salt and light. The church must go because it is the responsibility of the church to reach, teach, and send while making disciples. 

The church is called to be a servant people. The church is saved to serve, not saved to sit. Believers are servants of Jesus Christ living out the calls He has on their lives. Individuals “the church,” serve in all aspects of life including in the life of the church and together as the church.

I personally love when our church serves together. When we serve others, we glorify Christ and it is one of greatest ways to share the love of Jesus together. Our church serves together every 2nd Sunday of the month and in different ways throughout the year! We follow the example of Christ to give our lives up for the sake of others.

Lastly, the church has a specific mission and purpose that Jesus left His disciples 2,000 years ago that still pertains to believers today.

To be the true church, Christians must act and respond to the true Word of God and not make it what they want it to be or what makes them comfortable. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone and builder of the church in which He is coming back for and, until that day, the church must live on mission for His purpose. Are you on mission with your church?

The mission of Rome Alliance Church is to Glorify God, follow Jesus and invite others to share in the hope, healing, and love of the gospel! Like I said, I love the church and I love that our church has a mission that extends into all areas of life to share the hope, healing, and love of the gospel with others.

I love the church!

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