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Happy Monday Friends!!

I hope your weekend was incredible and that you had time to enjoy the superbowl (or the commercials) last night!

Last Thursday, we heard from George Wright and he gave us a brilliant message on gathering together and the idea of the “church” in general. This message centered around scripture from a few different places in the Bible, including:

Ephesians 4:11-15 

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Matthew 4:18-22

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peterand his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. 21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them,22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

1 Samuel 17:50-51

50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword. When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.

George interpreted these verses and spoke to us about the importance of the church gathering together. A lot of times, we think of the church as a building, as a place of entertainment, as a service provider, or as a commodity in our lives. When we categorize the church like this, it is easy to dismiss the true importance behind church itself. Church is supposed to be viewed as an army. This army is lead by people who are ordained by the Lord to equip followers for spiritual battle that will bring glory to His name.

After speaking on the true intention behind church, George spoke on our interpretation of church as a place for “saints.” I think he said it beautifully when he stated “The church is not a hotel for saints but a hospital for sinners.” In our lives, we often see the church as a place for the righteous, when in all reality, the church is meant to be a place for refuge and a place where the Lord will meet us, mend us, and send us out to spread the good news. 

In order to learn what we are meant to share, we also have to put time into learning His word. When we spend more time in the word, and more time surrounding ourselves with the love of the Lord, we may be challenged and convicted. This is because the word is meant to say what we need to hear, not necessarily what we want. When we listen to what is said, we will be able to grow in Christ and become more like Him. 

So, as you go about your daily routine this week, remember to prioritize spending time with the Lord, placing importance on Jesus as our life support and leader. Work to grow into a Christ-like follower and speak the truth in love, grow up in every way, and live like it is all about Jesus -- because it truly is all about Him.

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