A familiar verse that many quote is found in Romans 12:2 that says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” It is a great verse to memorize and live by. The enemy will never let up getting us to transform to the worlds pattern.
The letter continues and quickly goes into how important the Body of Christ ought be to each one of us. When we make church what we each want it to be by treating it like a buffet is slipping into the patter of this world. The church is not a building it is people. You have probably heard that many times. Why is it that we treat it like a building? Look at the next few verses.
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:3-5
The book of Acts talks about the first church but there are many letters or books written to churches found in the New Testament. Starting this Sunday I want to begin a series on how important Jesus wanted his church to be for each one of us. We are all an important part of the body. I pray that as we participate in the series, “I Love My Church,” that we will be overwhelmed at the blessed privilege we have to be a part of the church.
I do love my Church. I am excited to come through the Scripture and see how God intended Church to function as we see the glory of God fall fresh on us.
Invite someone to come with you and let’s see God do so much more than we could ever imagine.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene