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Take Your Place, you are Needed

The church is the body of Christ with Jesus as its head (Eph 1:22-23). The Holy Spirit baptized each one of us into the body of Christ or church (1 Cor 12:13). The church (Greek ecclesia) refers to the Christian church universal and the local church. As it is the Holy Spirit that places us into the church we should very prayerfully seek his guidance as to our local church home. We don't make such a decision based on convenience or feelings but purely on God's guidance.

In the book of Acts the normal church is described; a church focused on the apostles' teaching (for us the Bible), prayer, fellowship, care and unity (Acts 2:42-47). In such a church the power of the Holy Spirit was manifest in signs, wonders and miracles and thousands of people were discipled into the church (Acts 5:14-16).

Paul exhorted us to be in church (Heb 10:25). The Bible tells us we are all needed for the local church to function effectively (1 Cor 12:12-19); this includes you. We all need the church so we can be equipped for ministry and mature as Christians (Eph 4:11-13).

Take Your Place, you are Needed.

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The Normal Church

In Acts chapter 2 and verses 42-47 we are given some vital characteristics of the early church, it was on the move, vital and growing. A major focus of early church life was an ongoing, constant devotion to the teaching of the leaders. There was no bible back then, only oral tradition and teaching. In our day and age, we have leaders who teach us and we have the bible. How much more we should make our bible the focus of our lives.

Fellowship was important to the early church. The Greek word here is koinonia; a fellowship centered on Jesus and with other Christians and empowered by the Holy Spirit. This should be a beautiful loving relationship of mutual submission and support. For early Christians this fellowship included eating together, particularly around the table of the Lord in Communion. Prayer was a pillar for early Christians and should under gird our lives today.

In the early church, there was a great unity and sharing of resources so that no one was in need. An awesome, reverential fear of God came on everyone and the church was a church of praise.

All of the above produced a church of power, signs wonders and miracles, with thousands being added daily. I see nothing complicated in the early church but a people walking in simple obedience and the love of God. Look at the results! When you think about it, our churches now should be no different.

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