Do you we value Christ or regularly reject him? We nod our heads at his words often, we accept certain aspects of who He is like Savior and Teacher, and we even spend time in his developed community. But do we acknowledge all aspects of who HE is? Do we call Him Lord and Judge? Are we willing to pour out what we have in service and honor of Him? When Mary poured out the nard ointment on Jesus the disciples were indignant. Are we those disciples who don’t really value Christ as much as we should? May we be reminded of his death for us on the cross and the day to day grace He extends to us so that we may be motivated to value Him in all things.
It is easy to get caught up in life and forget what we’re looking forward to. The disciples often asked about the future and when things would happen. Jesus never told them exactly when but he did give them signs to be watching. The church needs to be alert. The church needs to be looking forward. The church is awaiting the bridegroom. Will you be ready?
What is the purpose of the church? Is it really that important that I be a part of it if I am a Christian? God gave the church tremendous power through the apostles’ doctrine (aka the New Testament). The church is not just something that is a part of Christianity. It is the ordained institution through which Christians serve and praise God. It is important that not only every Christian be in a local church body but also that they are humbling and submitting themselves to its authority in their lives.
How do you view the church? Is it something expendable? Is it something optional? In a day where fewer people in the U.S. are going to church but many still say they are Christ followers, it is time Christians begin to view the church through God’s eyes instead of their own. The church is people called together. This is seen in the beginning of the church in Acts. Listen to this sermon to understand what is the church.