The church does not stand in condemnation of those within the body of Christ, His Bride. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be those “believers” who go rogue and offend God themselves by being judgmental, but their judgment is of no effect. It carries no weight.
However, when we become followers of Jesus we are added into the body of Christ…we become the church. The church is given a great amount of clear instruction in The Bible to walk in a covenant of accountability with one another, to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
We desire to be taught what exalts God above all else, to reflect on these things and apply these truths as we live out lives that we’ve surrendered to Him. We desire to walk with God, becoming more and more in every way like Jesus. We desire to be taught what offends God, to reflect on these things, and repent of those sins we find that still remain active in our flesh. Jesus asks MUCH of those of us who choose to follow Him and we strive to honor and adore Him through obedience.
Church, we’re not committed to being better than someone else…God’s Word tells us that comparing ourselves among ourselves makes us fools. What we are to compare ourselves to is Jesus and the teachings of His Word. And to that comparison, we all fall short.
So we’re on a journey together…we’ve made a covenant with God and with one another to be transformed by His Spirit…by the renewing of our minds (changing the way that we think)…a covenant to hunger and thirst for holiness, to chase after Jesus, to assist one another in becoming more and more in every way like Him.
What we ARE fully committed to, is this — keeping our gaze laser-focused on being conformed to His image and pursuing that with reckless abandon…TOGETHER.
We walk in this Blessed Hope TOGETHER…
in His Word TOGETHER…
in His Spirit TOGETHER…
for His Kingdom TOGETHER.
If you’re part of the church, you may not be “THERE” yet, but to be The Church, you MUST BE committed to the journey:
We’re not going to make excuses for our sins and shortcomings.
We’re not going to get sidetracked by the trappings of this world.
We’re not going to pursue lives of self-indulgence and self-gratification.
We’re not going to allow the Gospel-Centered Church of Jesus to be used as merely a religious practice, something used to make ourselves feel better about ourselves when it suits us.
We’re not going to allow the Gospel-Centered Church of Jesus to be used merely as a social circle because we feel alone.
We ARE going to learn to love one another…unconditionally.
We ARE going to serve God AND one another with the humble hearts of bondservants.
We ARE going to pursue covenant community, responsibility, and accountability.
We ARE going to declare God’s message of love and forgiveness to all who seek healing from the brokenness of this world.
We ARE going to be vessels of God’s Grace, Mercy, Love, and Hope to a broken and hopelessly lost world.
We ARE going to receive all who come to Jesus and repent of their part in this world’s brokenness.
We ARE going to be the image-bearers of Jesus’ reconciled, redeemed, and restored Creation to a world that God loves and wants to restore to Himself.
The church is the assembly of the Bride of Jesus Christ — those chosen, called, and set apart for God’s pleasure and purpose.
We will unashamedly and unrelentingly walk in that mission —so others may hear…AND live!