The Glorious Body of Christ VI: The Church's Devotion - Acts 2:42-43

Love doesn’t just think or feel things, it does things. Your devotion is displayed by your actions. So it’s important for us to ask these questions: what kind of devotion does God want? What does a Church that is devoted to Jesus do?In Acts 2:42, we are given an outline of the things that the Church is devoted to when she gathers together, and then in v. 43, we see the impact that this devotion had on the souls of the people who gathered. And we see four actions grouped in two pairs of two: teaching and fellowship, and breaking…

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by CJ Bowen

The Glorious Body of Christ V: The Message of the Church - Matthew 28:18-20

In 1 Cor. 2:2, Paul declared that he decided to know nothing among the Corinthians except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Many people have latched on to this declaration and call on churches to make this simple gospel truth the focus of everything they do. “Don’t get distracted by secondary issues. Just preach the gospel!” Christianity isn’t about what you do or how you live; it’s about believing in Jesus!But while the gospel message of Christ crucified for sinners is the beating heart of the Church’s message, the message of the Church cannot be reduced to Christ and Him crucified!…

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 by CJ Bowen

The Glorious Body of Christ IV: The Mission of the Church - Matthew 28:18-20

We’ve been looking at the Church of Jesus Christ, and exploring what the Church is through the metaphor of the body of Christ, with Jesus Himself being the head, and the Holy Spirit breathing life into the Church. Now we turn from what the Church is to begin looking at what the body of Christ does. Bodies aren’t dead statues; bodies are given life in order to do something. So what does this body do? What is the mission of the Church?Matt. 28:18-20 gives us the heart of the answer: the mission of the Church is to go and make…

Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2020 by CJ Bowen