WHAT GOD MEANT THE CHURCH TO BECOME
God means the Church of Jesus Christ to be the Healing Center…Not individuals, Not just specialized ministries…The Church, the Body of Christ. Not a man…Not a ministry…The Church. God has placed in our hands the keys to effectively witness for Him. It is His desire that every one of His children have a supernatural, Holy Spirit-empowered ministry to the needs of others. 12 [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the Body of Christ [the Church]. Eph. 4:12 (AMP).
Yet, He never meant us to become individuals who are laws unto ourselves…thousands of independent individuals studying how to “do our own thing.” It is true that Christians operate at varying levels of spirituality and varying levels of motivation…that some are more adept at perceiving and appropriating the truths of God…and that God places special anointings, give special gifts and places special callings…in the Church. 11 And [His gifts to the Church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct]. 12 [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the Body of Christ [the Church]. Eph. 4:11-12 (AMP).
What God wants the Church to be and what the Church actually represents often are two very different things. The real purpose often is completely overlooked and many nonessentials are substituted. The Church too often has become the social center, the recreation center, the supper committee, etc. These activities may be perfectly fine in their time and place…but they are not what God had in mind for the Church. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matt. 16:18. It was not His intended purpose that the Church be the social or recreational center. It is not the task He set for the Body of Christ, which is the Church. The Church may even be the prayer and Bible study center…and still miss God’s mark by miles, while deep human needs…sin, sickness, and all its results…remain unmet right outside the Church’s door.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
~2 Timothy 3:5
REMINDER: WHAT GOD MEANT THE CHURCH TO BECOME!!!!
Love you and the Blessings of God be upon you
Prophetess Eleanor Nichols
“A WILLING VESSEL for THE LORD