I can honestly say that the spirit of exclusivity is completely out of control today. But the fundamental questions of this article remain unanswered, who are we and, where is our Church Family?
- As Born-Again Believers (John 3 / I Peter 1:2-4) we are chosen by God (I Peter 2:9).
- We are the church, not the building. The building is not necessary for us to be a part of the church.
- The church’s modus operandi is very simple; is found in Acts 2:42,
“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” NASB)
Church is not a Sunday morning service with every head pointing at one direction looking at the Worship Team and later is expect that the pastor ONLY bring the Word. Church is more than that! The Biblical Church demands real relationships, the Biblical Church demands sharing our lives with other believers, a true family and enjoying true friends. We do these thigs in accordance to Acts 2:42.
I believe that before the coming of the Lord, God is going to bring down denominations. I believe that our church buildings will be shut down and the constitution will not be there to protect us. The Coronavirus is giving us a rehearsal of how things will be like.
The last question to be addressed is where the real church is? If we take a chart of the history of denominations, we may end up confuse. However, we should not be confused. We are not starting any church; how can we start something that’s being around for 2,000 years. All you need is a few men who are mature in the Lord. First Peter 5:1-4 tells us,
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3 nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (NASB)
Is it the will of God for you and a few good men to start a church as elders? If the answer is yes; that’s all you need. Open your home for ministry (Acts 5:42), start preaching the gospel to the lost (Mark 16:15), start making disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), start equipping the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12-16) and start releasing folks to use their gifts to serve others (First Peter 4:10). Put an end to this show time in the Apollo spirit that is overtaken our churches… put an end to this spirit of exclusivity that have been infecting our churches for hundreds of years… Is that simple. You don’t need any denomination for validation; you just need to know the will of God and a wiling heart.