The word “church” often paints  images of a grand building, stained-glass windows, and Sunday morning services. However, the Bible paints a different picture – one of a vibrant family united by faith in Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:19 (NIV) beautifully captures this concept: “Therefore you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of his household.” We, believers in Christ, are not merely attendees at a service; we are adopted members of God’s eternal family.

The Head of the Household:

Just as every family has a head, the Church has Christ as its leader. Colossians 1:18 (NIV) declares: “He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that in all things he may have preeminence.” A pastor puts it this way: , “The church is not a democracy; it’s a theocracy. Christ is the King.”

Love: The Binding Force:

The love that binds a family together is also central to the Church. John 13:34-35 (NIV) records Jesus’ command: “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Theologian  R.C. Sproul reminds us, “Love is not optional in the Christian life.” This love extends beyond Sunday services and transcends differences in age, background, or personality.

Accountability and Support:

Family members are called to encourage, correct, and support each other. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) echoes this principle: “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Pastor John Piper emphasizes the importance of this by stating, “The church is the place where flawed people gather to help one another become more like Jesus.” This mutual accountability fosters spiritual growth within the Church family.

A Place of Imperfection and Growth:

Like any family, the Church isn’t perfect. 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 (NIV) acknowledges this: “Now you are the body of Christ and members individually. And God has appointed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and tongues.” Despite differences in roles and gifts, a preacher reminds us, “The church is not a country club for perfect people; it’s a hospital for the spiritually sick.”

Conclusion:

“The Church transcends a building or a program. It’s a family brought together by faith in Christ, bound by love, and committed to mutual encouragement and growth.” As we navigate life’s challenges, may we find solace, support, and accountability within the loving embrace of this family – the Church.

If you aren’t yet a part of a family of faith, may God grant you the grace to find a home with us. If you’re seeking for a church that preaches the gospel and proclaims Christ, may God lead your way to us. At JRAM Church, the welcome never ends. We are waiting for you.

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