Today we come together to Worship a risen Savior that gave His all. In sending his son, God’s plan was for the Church Family to come together for several reasons. Foremost is to worship our God and His Son. But we often forget that in God’s plan for the Church the body was to come together for several reasons.
Ephesians 2:20-22 “Build on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit”.
We should each remember Christians are joined together - that is Christians are the temple of God corporately; belonging to the visible church is not optional for followers of Christ. Remember that God meets with his people in joyful worship and fellowship with one another. We are the temple of God (John 4:21).
We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5: 11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up just as you are doing”. The Church Family is not optional for the Christian. As we come together today to Worship, we are also here to build one another up in the Lord! This means being here both physically and mentally and being part of a joyful worship! Sometimes, we may be the recipient of support and encouragement, but we each should always try our best to encourage a Brother and/or Sister. How can I continually build up the body? Coming together is a huge factor in building one another up; so, your very presence today has begun this process!