“As long as there is summer and winter, day and night, seedtime and harvest, there will be a church in the world. No pestilence will destroy the fruit of the substitutionary, sin-atoning labor of the righteous soul of Jesus. Jesus died to purchase a people for Himself out of every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages. Jesus shed His blood to redeem a bride for Himself. (Church Leaders Magazine)
Until He comes again, there will be a church on earth. As the Westminster Confession of Faith states, “there shall be always a Church on earth, to worship God according to His will” Hallelujah!
We must be thankful for Christian community. Our sense of gratitude ends where entitlement begins. We cannot be grateful for something we claim by entitlement. We must never take our life together as a church for granted. Christian community is a gift and a cause to rejoice with thanksgiving. Psalm 100:4
From the first pages of Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer bluntly states that often we do take the church for granted. “We are tempted to speak of the church with pessimism, disgust and dissatisfaction. We get fed up with the church’s hypocrisy, legalism and judgment. And while we may have legitimate critiques, Bonhoeffer pointedly reminds us that the ability to live in Christian community should not be taken for granted. If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith and difficulty; if on the contrary we only keep complaining to God that everything is paltry and petty, then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow according to the measure and riches which are there for us all in Christ Jesus. Despite its warts and imperfections, Christian community is a beautiful gift of God’s grace. It should be a joy and cause for celebration.” Better is on day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere!
So then, let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another– and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24,25