This weekend we looked at the church and its role in our God created image.
When a man and a woman meet and decide to get married, before they marry, they must between the two of them address the expectations they have concerning their marriage. Together they must conclude what marriage means for them as a couple. This could include what the man can do to make the woman happy, meet her needs, etc. and vice versa.
The question is, upon entering the marriage; after the wedding has passed will each be faithful in their marriage commitments? As Christians, when we consider our relationship with Christ, are we faithfully committed in that relationship? As Christians, part of the body of Christ, the church, we are the bride of Christ. To act as a faithful bride, what is it we need to do?
The church is only the church when it 'acts' in accordance with its purpose of bringing the hope of the gospel message to the lost world.
As we look in the book of Acts we see the ascension of Jesus, the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the beginning of the church.
Crystallize and Polish your Image
The church will crystallize our individual roles and will polish our moral mirror. Only God can tell us who we are. Acts 1:24-26 states, And they prayed and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
It is vital to be involved in the church, the body of Christ. God gifts each one of His children differently and uniquely to serve and represent Him. Only God knows and can tell us what those gifts are, and the roles in which He calls us to serve. He will make it clear where He wants each one of us to do, just as He did with the disciples.
Acts 2:40-43 states, And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation." So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
When we get saved there ought to be results of our salvation. Just like after a wedding, there is a follow through of commitment and faithfulness within a marriage. God united the body of Christ as they devoted themselves unto Him. We can only be effective ministers of the gospel when we are faithfully committed to Christ.
Exercise your Authority
God has given His image bearers the authority to rule. Our spiritual authority is exercised as part of the church. The church is a place God has called us to minister. Our ministry isn't just to another country, or a specific people group. We can and ought to serve right where He has each of us now.
Know your spiritual gifts and be involved in a ministry!Acts 2:14 says, But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words."
Almost every one of us has the ability to speak words. We all can minister to others because we all can speak. Whether we preach from the pulpit, or simply ask someone how they are doing, we can always be ministering to others, sharing the Gospel Message.
Ambassadors with an Eternal Message
The church has commissioned us as God's ambassadors. We are assigned to convey an eternal message. In the beginning of the church service we took a poll via text messaging regarding which of us in the church were involved in ministry and which of us were not. Roughly 30% are involved in ministry, while 70% are not.
We are all part of the body of Christ. If 70% of that body is not functioning how effective can we be? Join a ministry, be the eyes, or the ears, the hands, or the feet, or the mouth of the body of Christ. Be a faithful bride of Christ. Be committed to Christ, as part of His body, obedient to Him, loving and ministering to others.
Mark 16:15 states, And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."