2.12.2008

What we are to BE

There's a lot to discuss about Christianity, Biblical doctrines, black, white, and gray areas. These discussions, as long as they're done in a healthy, Christ-like way, can be very beneficial and thought-provoking. The Bible says that iron sharpens iron. It's great to read books, attend a local church, and be a part of the Christian faith. All of this is great, only if we are BEing the church. The church is to glorify God along with all of creation, and we are to BE the church. Some attend a church, meaning they go once or twice a week to a gathering, and they leave the church in the building, as they go live their real lives. The church is the single greatest force that God uses to love the world He created. When we leave the church at the building, we stop BEing what we were created to be. God is light, and we are to reflect and shine that light. II Corinthians 3:18 says, "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." I write all of this after being inspired by a great song that we will implement in our worship services soon. It's called "Shine" by Matt Redman. Check out the video below.
Shine

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1 comment:

Matt W. said...

Gary,
Great song, and great post.
How true this is. I just had this very conversation with my daughter a week or so ago. She was talking about this Church and that Church, and so I took the opportunity to explain to her that we, as Christians, are the Church, and that the buildings are places where the Church gathers. She was a little confused at first, but with a little more discussion, I think she understands.

And, like me, don't be afraid to put forth a possition, if you [you being everyone in General, including me, not just you, Gary] end up being wrong, it's ok, you can change your possition. But if we are so afriad of being wrong, that we never say anything, we will never grow. If you never said anything that was wrong, nobody would ever get to correct you, and you'd never get to learn something new.