Coming Together


Streets flooded and I see people posting it sharing pictures of the current events in Texas. People coming from across the country to help out or mostly from the state. I see some who claim to be Christian just recite or talk about sending prayers. It made me think about the condition of the church.

44 And all who believed were together and <span class="crossreference" data-link="(CA)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-26982CA” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;”>had all things in common. 45 And <span class="crossreference" data-link="(CB)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-26983CB” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;”>they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, <span class="crossreference" data-link="(CC)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-26984CC” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;”>attending the temple <span class="crossreference" data-link="(CD)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-26984CD” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;”>together and <span class="crossreference" data-link="(CE)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-26984CE” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;”>breaking bread in their homes, they received their food <span class="crossreference" data-link="(CF)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-26984CF” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;”>with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and <span class="crossreference" data-link="(CG)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-26985CG” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px; font-size: 0.625em;”>having favor with all the people. And the Lord <span class="crossreference" data-link="(CH)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-26985CH” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px; font-size: 0.625em;”>added to their number <span class="crossreference" data-link="(CI)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-26985CI” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px; font-size: 0.625em;”>day by day those who <span class="crossreference" data-link="(CJ)” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-26985CJ” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px; font-size: 0.625em;”>were being saved. – Acts 2:44-47

The Church

Many people consider the church to just be a building but the church is much more than that. In scripture, the church is said to be the bride of Christ, or interpreted as such. (Ephesians 5:25-27). It is comprised of many parts, which can be seen as believers. Born again Christians who are followers and servants of Christ.

United

Now, with this clarification of what is the church the questions can then be answered, where is it, What has happened? I’ve been asked before, what denomination am I, which my response tends to be something along the lines of, I’m a born again, bible believing Christian. Some attest to a certain set of beliefs and separate themselves, while I believe these divisions are secondary, though I’ve been told I am rooted in reformed theology, though I say I am biblically rooted. 

The verses I posted of Acts shows a United body, a community of believers that apart all differences, shared a common one, Christ. Love thy neighbor. To truly love another as we love ourselves apart from any condition. The church, shared all that they had. And as I matured in the faith, I didn’t truly see that unification, honestly, amongst believers. Many complained about their status, level, position, or gossiped. The “church” I would go to seemed to be just what is seen now, a building. As soon as service ended, people went separate ways instead of growing with eachother. They seem to be brothers and sisters only under the watchful eyes of one another. Now, there may be, and are, some true bible believing/following churches, that reveal the characteristics of the bride, don’t get me wrong. But as well with recent events, why does the church only seen to spring in a major crisis?

I see it in social media a lot, many speak and say that, “My prayers go out” or “Lord will provide”, but as believers we are also called to action. Our lives are filled with faith but God also directs us to work for his kingdom. The call to go out, follow Christ, be an example, and to love. I’m not saying we “have” to drop all duties and head to Texas, due to recent events. In saying that, in any way we can help those in need and love. There may be some churches that gather supplies and donations, which you could contribute or even events. A little goes a long way. I usually always tell people about freerice.org, site where you can learn subjects and grow academically, while helping those in need. For every question you answer that is right, you gain ten grains of rice, 10 questions right, 100 grains and etc. A good hour and you help spread food to a country in need. 

We need to seriously get off our highhorses and help others. Be united and like minded. When I considered denominational concerns as secondary is as Paul describes with believers saying they were of “Steven” or even with Christ and followers of John. We must all come together under one banner, Christ, and love, truly love for God is love. 

Just wanted to give some food for thought as I see the things the world claims we are. We need to truly rise and correct. Teach true biblical truths, rebuke and reproach. Be the church of Christ and prepare for the wedding, as the bride, awaiting her Husband’s return. This is Gee_ology. Let’s go, boom! Be blessed all.

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