Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Church of Word

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
(Psalm 1:1-2. ESV.)

Last week, the Little Chef had state testing and the location assigned to us was a church...a modern one complete with foyer/lobby, auditorium, stage, theater seating, etc. I had never been to this particular one before though I had passed it many times and looked at its banners. While there, something stirred within me...but what? The Holy Spirit? An idea? A comfort? I have no idea.

What I do know is there is one body and many parts of it. A single family with several members. A solitary church with numerous congregations. But as long as the word of God is the very foundation onto which each is built, and as long as the teaching is doctrinally sound, it is not false and still glorifying to God...right?

Whether the "church" (group of believers) meets in a brick and mortar building, shelter, hidden room, hut, shack, chapel, sanctuary, in a park, barn, dorm, around a flag pole, or online, God is there.

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." (Matthew 18:20 ESV)

With all the social sites (Google Plus, Instagram, Twitter, Pintrest, etc.) available, we can fellowship together anytime no matter on which continent we live...with our words, spoken or written.

"For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:43-45 ESV)

Now, how important are words? First, and foremost, when Jesus was here, He was the "word made flesh"! Secondly, Justin Taylor states the following in the book THE POWER OF WORDS AND THE WONDER OF GOD edited by him and John Piper:
What do words have to do with Christianity? Almost everything. At every stage in redemptive history—from the time before time, to God’s creation, to man’s fall, to Christ’s redemption, and to the coming consummation—“God is there and he is not silent.” God’s words decisively create, confront, convict, correct, and comfort. By his words he both interprets and instructs.(Piper, John and Taylor, Justin. THE POWER OF WORDS AND THE WONDER OF GOD. © 2009. Crossway Books, Wheaton, Illinois. Pg. 22.)

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