In all the chaos and uncertainty in our country and around the world right now, the one thing that remains steadfast and sure is God and His Word.
As believers, God tells us in His Word that we are the body of Christ and that Christ is the head of the church, purchased with His own blood. He was crucified on the cross, bearing our sins and our punishment, paying our debt in full and rising again the third day, victorious over death.
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He (God) made Him (Christ) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Christ).”
Christ bore the wrath of God in our place, that we might have our sins forgiven and become children of God. John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:”
After His resurrection He declared not only His headship over the church, but also that ALL authority was given to Him. Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’”
As the head of the church, Christ has called us out from among the world to live unto Him, to serve Him, and to be salt and light in a dark world. He has commissioned us to go into all the world and preach the gospel, to share the good news that brings life to all who believe.
As we go into the world, Micah 6:8 instructs us “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Pursuing righteousness, doing what is right, loving others, showing grace and mercy, and walking humbly with God all demonstrate that God has made us social and relational beings. When He created Adam God said it is not good that man should be alone, and so God made him a helper, Eve.
Christ has called us to assemble. Hebrews 10:24 & 25 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.”
The word consider means to observe fully, and we are called in Christ to stir up love and good works, to encourage one another in these things. We are called to come together that we might edify and build one another up, meet one another’s needs, and worship Him together to the glory of God.
We as a local body of believers are seeking to faithfully obey the Lord – not in defiance or rebellion, nor in an effort to make a statement – but in simple obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ.