The (W)hole Church

The (W)hole Church

“When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games. Aristotle said I am a rational animal; I say I am an angel with an incredible capacity for beer.”
– Brennan Manning

Matthew 16:16-18

The Church is built upon Jesus.
The Church is built by Jesus.
The Church belongs to Jesus.

1. Family
John 1:12-13
Ephesians 2:19
Galatians 6:10

2. Flock
1 Peter 5:1-5
Hebrews 13:17

3. Bride
Ephesians 5:31-32
Revelation 19:7-8

4. Temple
1 Corinthians 3:16
1 Peter 2:5

“…worship services where the emphasis is more on Lights, Camera, Action than on Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…”
– Ian Morgan Cron

5. Body
1 Corinthians 12:27

6. Embassy
2 Corinthians 5:20
Philippians 3:20

“My husband has three rules of engagement when we go to church.
1. An alone person in our gathering is an emergency.
2. Friends can wait.
3. Introduce a newcomer to someone else.”
– Rebecca McLaughlin

To be whole: The Church is a Family
To have holes: The Church is just a Place

To be whole: The Church is the Flock of God
To have holes: The Church is a place for Individuals

To be whole: The Church is the Bride of Christ
To have holes: The Church is for Dating

To be whole: The Church is the Temple of God
To have holes: The Church is for Entertainment

To be whole: The Church is the Body of Jesus
To have holes: The Church is Optional

To be whole: The Church is the Kingdom Embassy
To have holes: The Church is like the rest of the World

This is the body of Jesus. This is my church. My family. My home. It is composed of people who need God’s grace, just like me. It will be friendly if I am. It will do great work if I join in the work. It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am gener- ous. It will bring others into the family if I bring them. The seats will be full if I fill them. It will be a church of loyalty, love, faith, honesty, joy, and service if I who make it what it is, am filled with these. Therefore, with God’s help, I dedicate myself to the task of being all these things I want my church to be.

“Heavenly Father, I admit that I am weaker and more sinful than I ever before believed, but through your Son, Jesus, I can be more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope. I thank you that he lived the life I should have lived, and paid the debt and punishment I owed on the cross. Receive me now for his sake. I turn from my sins and trust him as Savior. I want peace with You. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

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