When Jesus left the earth his followers began meeting together every day, sharing meals and showing others what it meant to follow Jesus. This was the first church and in some ways church should be no different today.
The church is not a building but a community of people who are gathering together for a common cause.
One way of describing the church is all the people who have ever lived in the world at any time that have believed in Jesus – that’s like the global church.
The other way to describe the church is the local gathering of people who are exploring what it means to be a follower of Jesus. This is a place where you can belong. A place where people are following Jesus teaching – learning to love God and learning to love other people.
If you’ve been following this series on Christian Stuff, while we hope it has answered some of your questions about following Jesus, we also hope you have a lot more questions that you want answered. Things like:
What does it mean to be baptised?
What is communion?
Why does the church ask for money and what does it use it for?
How can I help others like Jesus did?
Why do people sing songs in church?
What are my spiritual gifts?
How do I tell other people about Jesus?
Part of us following Jesus is about changing the way we live – so asking questions is OK. He says that if we are prepared to give up our life to follow him – we will gain our best life which he wants us to live to its fullest.
God has gifted you and put a dream inside of you. He loves you and has a purpose for your life that fits into the plan he has for his kingdom. Paul described it this way… The church is a body – we each have a part to play but each part of the body has a different role.
Being part of a community of people, a church, will help you to keep finding answers to your questions and find the place in the body that God wants you to play.
Remember – God didn’t intend us to do this journey of life on our own – but as a community of people who look out for each other – so if you have any questions please get in touch with us at Be The Church.
Thanks for reading this series on Christian Stuff.
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