What a Church is: Jesus Followed

(Excerpt from an article by Neil Cole)

I have come to understand church as this:

The presence of Jesus among His people called out as a spiritual family to pursue His mission on this planet.

Granted, this is quite broad, but I like a broad definition of church. The Scriptures don’t give a precise definition, so I’m not going to do what God has not done. I want something that captures what the Scriptures say about the Kingdom of God. In one of only two places where Jesus mentions church in the Gospels, He says, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst” (Matt 18.20). His presence must be an important element of church.

To a church that has lost sight of its true love, Jesus says these harsh words: “The One who walks among the lampstands, says this…remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place–unless you repent” (Rev 2.1,5). To a disobedient and unhealthy church, Jesus threatens to remove the lampstand (representing the church) from the presence of Jesus. The presence of Jesus is crucial to what church is. His presence is life; His absence is death. He is the most essential portion of who and what we are. He should be the most important thing about us and the most recognizable aspect that the world sees.



About Bruce Dickey

Guitarmaker and follower of Christ. Luthier since 1996. Christ follower since 1957. dickeyguitars.com Russellville, Arkansas, USA. James 1:27 Visit the widow and the fatherless. They might just need you.
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3 Responses to What a Church is: Jesus Followed

  1. kaleymayer says:

    “I have come to understand church as this: the presence of Jesus among His people called out as a spiritual family to pursue His mission on this planet.” – Amen! You know The Lord’s been talking with me …

    Much of what happened before Christ was only a shadow of Christ in His fullness, but now we have the reality. The whole concept of the traditional family, by blood, is just a shadow of Christ’s Body who was to come. Ever noticed the mandate of the family before Christ? “Multiply and increase upon the earth.” What is our purpose in the Lord? Increase Christ. Not a coincidence I think.

    I think this is why when Jesus said he came to divide father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter it was not a cruel thing of our Lord. But a tearing down of the first man’s nature, blood family, which was a shadow of Christ for something greater the Body of Christ, the real spiritual family, the reality of Christ. Just a musing your thoughts brought up 🙂

  2. nakul sharma says:

    Hi bruce brother you been blessing me and read your articles it make deeper understanding all about the simple house churches great to know you and work you are doing

  3. Bruce Dickey says:

    Hi Nakul, you are a blessing also there in Chandigarh India. The work I do is small compared to your own. Keep encouraging the saints in India. God needs more obedient servants as yourself.

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