Christ Loves His Church
The Church as a Community and as the Bride of Christ
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22
In this passage, Paul is referring to the church. The description is a great analogy. The church is a wonderful “building” made up of believers in Jesus Christ “joined” together and, with Christ as the cornerstone and with the foundation of apostles and prophets, it rises to become a holy temple.
There are other analogies in Scripture referring to the church. For instance, the church is the “bride” of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5: 25-26)
Sometimes as a local church, we don’t always reflect these characteristics but generally when our congregation and leadership are striving to be in synch with Christ and for his purposes for the church, the local church is a wonderful witness of the gospel.
On Sunday, I talked to one of our visitors. She commented that even though Trinity was not her home church, she felt at home because we are brothers and sisters in Christ. We have a common purpose and close community. It is a key reason why we should always search out a place for worship on Sundays when we are away from home.
But the church is more than a community of believers. It is a spiritual structure of which Christ is the cornerstone and for which Christ exhibits a tremendous love.
Jesus Christ loves Trinity Bible Church greatly.
This love doesn’t always mean that things will be easy. We struggled through the time we were without a pastor. While on the pastoral search committee, we were sometimes blessed by those who had applied. I remember one candidate who wrote us after we had declined his application. “Remember... Jesus loves His church more than we do and He will provide for His bride.” What a comfort and encouragement to us during that time!
Let’s continue to pray that Trinity will continue to be a strong community of believers looking to Christ to lead us and provide us purpose in everything we do.