Weekly Word Definition – Church

Church:

a building used for public Christian worship.

Synonyms:

house of God · the Lord’s house · house of prayer 

church

A building for public Christian worship. public worship of God or a religious service in such a building: to attend church regularly.

The whole body of Christian believers; Christendom.

What is the Church and its function?

The basic function of the church is to be involved in every facet of the life of the believer. Holding true to this mission, Christ looked at the needs of the people, provided it, and then begun to preach about the good deeds.

Today, humans have acquired more knowledge than any other time in history.   Science and medicine are going places never before imagined.  We have bigger jets and cruise liners, faster computers, and helpful drugs for certain diseases are being discovered every day.  Daniel envisioned a time when knowledge would increase (Daniel 12:4).  We have much evidence today of our successes in these and many other areas.  We have improved on just about every area of life.

 Every year Forbes magazine publishes a list of the richest people in the world.  This list continues to grow longer and longer.  More people can afford vacations, purchase houses, and buy brand new cars.  Some car dealership will have cars for sale that can be purchased with zero percent down.  Life, overall, seems comfortable for most Americans.  When life is good, most people tend to forget about church… well, until something happens that turns their lives upside down.

Personal or national tragedy (such as 9/11) seems to cause a major shift in people’s assessment of church.  It is a time when people flock to churches in droves. There is just something about churches that society finds in times of tragedy and hardship. This always fascinates me because the media and public, embrace church or (the idea of church) during a time of crisis, but in times of peace and prosperity, the church seems to become irrelevant again. Regardless of this double standard, the church keeps people grounded, flushing out the burden of life by providing a bedrock of faith and answers to humanity’s deepest needs.

The Bible says that the Lord only has one body, which is His one church. Ephesians 4:4-6 says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”

The role of the modern church in the life of the 21st-century believer is critical because it fills a void only the church can.

It seems that every week, there is some type of national incident that is responsible for taking the lives of many people at one time. There are large accidents involving many cars on the freeways. There are mass shootings in churches, workplaces, supermarkets, picnics, and many other types of large gatherings. This is satan’s attempt at keeping people from loving one another. This is just another attempt at keeping people from spreading God’s word. Another attempt at breaking up the concept of church.

If a car needs fixing, it is brought to the mechanic shop.  If someone is sick, the health center or hospital is the best place to seek medical attention.  Church is where people should go if they are in need of a “spiritual fix.”  The church is really a hospital for sinners and not an exclusive club for saints.

So why would someone want to attend church?  Regardless of what is said about churches, people expect that their life problems can be addressed in some fashion or form.  With all the weight and pressures of their world weighing down on their minds, people expect the church to provide Bible-based answers that no other institution can provide.

God doesn’t have a magic wand; God has a large number of disciples. God inspires these disciples to help those that need them. God uses His word to heal, change lives, comfort, and yes to bring salvation to those who desire it.

Don’t look for a preacher that will bring a message every Sunday if you pay them. Look for a preacher that will inspire you to use your money to help those who need help. Not to make themselves look good, but because God tells us through His Son to “Love one another.” (THE CHURCH)

Showing Mercy to Thousands

You shall not make a carved image… you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.

Deuteronomy 5:8-10

‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments

Deuteronomy 5:8-10 (NKJV)

The paragraph above is one of the most misread and misunderstood passages in the bible. Some people use this to say it is a sin to take a photograph or watch a movie. However, they don’t say anything about making statues as monuments to fallen heroes and they visit those statues and remember the fallen.

Let us take another look. What is the first verse? “’You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”

Look at what I have underlined. What is a “carved image?” The dolls made in molds, not the ones that are sewn. A carved or poured plaque, especially if it is dedicated to someone. A carved “bust,” a carved or poured animal or mythical creature/person. These are the things Moses was talking about. These are the things God described to Moses when he gave him the Ten Commandments.

What about photographs? Do you worship Photographs? Let me tell you about a couple I once knew.

They were the Wilsons, Joe, and Margie. They had a son named Adam who was killed in Vietnam. When Adam was buried. Joe built a platform in the living room of their house. Joe hung an 18”X20” picture of Adam with candle sconces on each side. He also built a podium on the stage. Around the stage he built a kneeling bench on each side. Every night they would kneel and pray.

The reverence this couple were showing was not to God, it was to their son. I have been to their house many times and what we talked about most was their son. Even when we were supposed to be talking about the bible, they always found a way to make their son part of the conversation.

My dad had a second-grade education. But the book he practiced his reading in was the King James bible. I have known a lot of people with college educations that listened to my dad when it came to knowledge about life. I didn’t appreciate his knowledge until I was grown and on my own. He was probably one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met, and he knew his bible.

I talk about my dad at times to my visitors, but he is not the only subject and I am not constantly grieving about his death.

I have many pictures of my grandchildren and I love to show them to people to let them know about my family. I like looking through scrapbooks to see the different people and what they like. There is no harm there, I do not bow down to them nor do I serve them.

Look at the second part of that sentence. If we bow before a picture to pray, even if we are praying to God it is wrong and our prayers are wasted.

Now look at the last statement God made in that paragraph. God promised His love to those who keep His commandments. If I live the bible every day, I will without trying keep God’s Commandments.

What most people don’t understand is that for them to keep the commandments, they first have to know what those commandments are. To know what they are, you must read and study the bible.

God’s love is everything. If you read and study God’s word, you won’t be able to do without it. If you live a sinful life you will one day with you had it.

My family and I have never worshipped each other, nor have we ever desired to be rich in money or in glory. What we have wanted is a good paycheck and we will give our tithe of one tenth of the money and all the glory to God and his love. AMEN!!