Often when we think about the Church, we think of a building or a location. Of course the Church does have buildings and locations, but over the next month we will focus our attention on the hidden Church - the people of God who are gathered and sent. In the first letter to the Church at Corinth, we find some incredibly practical guidance for the life of His Church - The people of God, who belong to Him and are continually being matured and grown by Him. His children, who will ultimately be raised and perfected, to be with Him in eternity.
Februay 3: His Church - Loving
When we consider God’s Church, we not only think of buildings and properties, but also styles, music, culture, service, mission... the list goes on. However, among all the gifts of the Church, and among all of her abilities and actions, love is greatest of all.
Readings: 1Cor. 12:31b-13:13, Luke 4:31-44
February 10: His Church - Mature
How can any and all gifts of God be used for the whole Church? Too often, gifts of God are boasted about, or selfishly kept for the benefit of one person or group. We are reminded that we cannot be childish, but instead mature in our understanding of these matters, and consider the Kingdom benefits of all God has given.
Readings: 1Cor. 14:12b-20, Luke 5:1-11
February 17: His Church - Proclaims Christ
Everything the Church does, points to the Good News. Every word, every act of service, every moment of care or consolation, points the world to the Good News of Jesus Christ. “Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”
Readings: 1Cor. 15:1-11, Luke 6:17-26
February 24: His Church - Will Rise
We hear a lot about heaven. We might see it portrayed in movies or in art. We might even hear a bit about heaven within the Church, but the certainty of eternal life doesn’t rest upon our thoughts of heaven. The certainty of eternal life stands on the foundation of truth of the resurrection. He was raised, so also His Church will rise. “Christ was raised as the first of the harvest, then all who belong to Christ will be raised when He comes back.”
Readings: 1Cor. 15:21-26,30-42, Luke 6:27-38