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The General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn

February 18, 2016

Attending church is more than a physical act. Participation in the local church is a God given means of Christian growth. As a result faithful church attendance is more than dredging up the physical discipline to get out of bed on Sunday morning. Because church attendance is a spiritual discipline the Christian needs to think Biblically about the gathering together of God’s people.

The unfortunate truth is many Christians have devalued the church. Instead of the church being a precious gift of God for the benefit of the believer, many view it as an inconvenience, a social club or an just a weekend elective. The church has been devalued to be less important than personal feelings, comfort, weekend plans or individual expectations. To correct this low appraisal saturate your mind with the Bible’s teachings on the great value of the church.

The local church has been purchased by the most valuable currency in the universe.
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”
(1 Peter 1:18-19)

Jesus loved the church so much He paid for it with His own suffering and death. He loved the church so much He set aside His Divine prerogatives and glory to gather a people to Himself. He did not consider His ease, comfort, praise or life as more important than the church. He gave His life for the good of the church.

Remember the church is built by Jesus.
“I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
(Matthew 16:18)
The church is His creation. Though the church often stumbles along the way and it will go through times in which the battle seems to be lost the church will be victorious. Hell will not prevail against the church of Jesus. Satan will not prevail. Evil men will not prevail. The church is Jesus’ own work and it will stand victorious because He is actively at work in the gathering of His children.

Remember the church is gifted by Jesus to make each Christian like Himself.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”
(Ephesians 4:11-13)

Jesus has gifted the leaders of the church to equip its members to serve one another for His glory. Jesus has poured out supernatural ability on the members of the church so you will become more like Jesus. He has given you specific, spiritual gifts for the eternal benefit of the church. Jesus has lavished His gifts on His church.

The Triune Godhead is actively involved in the church. The Father ordained the church, elected the church and adopts its members. The Son purchased the church and forgives them by His blood. The Spirit seals the church, secures it to the end and gifts its members for ministry. The entire Godhead is actively involved in the church. Shouldn’t you be?

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