The church is not an off and on program. Instead it is a continuous spiritual fellowship with God.
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The church is not an OFF and ON program. Instead it is a continuous spiritual fellowship with God.
The Spirit that brought you into the body if Christ (which is the church) will keep you, once you are always and consciously in him. When you assign the a day alone to fellowship with him(the spirit of Christ) you will not be able to do the will of God, why because, you will live for yourself the rest of the days .
We see this, when a man hides his true nature when he or she comes to a place of worship but shows off his true nature when he or she is at work, home or any other place at that.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
_*Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.*_
From the above scripture, we see that people are being deceived by their pastors when they tell their congregation that the place of meeting is church and that _they should build God a house so that God will build a house for them_
So they go ahead to believe that the place of meeting is a holy place or Church.
According to the scripture, it is our body that must be Holy, and if any man defile his body(the real Temple) God will destroy such a one.
The Church is a body, whose head is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ cannot be a head over Zinc, block or building. He is head over the church (which his body). Church is consist of people called out from darkness into light, who have the Holy Spirit leading them always, in other words, submit to the law of the spirit of Christ. (Eph. 1:22&23 and Romans 8:14)
If your personal desire(lust) leads you to marriage, that marriage will expire but love does not.
When a woman is not faithful to the husband, she will not be happy whenever she hears the husband is home, but when a woman is Faithful, she gladly expects her husband's return.
_*It is so with the coming of Christ, those who are faithful to him, expects his return and to them, his return will not be as the coming of a thief in the night*_
_Any woman that s not faithful to the husband will miss rapture._
You cannot serve God outside your husband as a woman. The evidence of your faithfulness to God is to your husband. Ephesians 5:22-23
_Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body._
Somebody who loves you is the person who rebukes and corrects you when you do wrong. But a sign that He doesn't love you is if you do wrong and he doesn't rebuke you but overlooks it.
_A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet._
_Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins._
In contrast with 1 Cor. 13:5, _It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, *it keeps no record of wrongs*_ is in interpretation, when someone abuses you directly, as in calls you all manner of names and says all kinds of evil about you (especially between couples), you must not take notice or record of such wrong, for the scripture says you should *Rejoice* in such cases. But then, when it concerns your faith, take for instance, your husband or your wife, asks you to disobey God, you must choose to obey God, this is a *wrong* you must not overlook.
As it concerns Husband and wife, the standard to measure is the word of God. You don't love your spouse when what he or she is doing is against the word of God. It will require require you as the man to *rebuke* and in the case of the wife to *refuse* and wait for the persecution.
Mind you, you don't rebuke someone you have not corrected before. That's until he or she is converted, he or she cannot appreciate your love.
_He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee._
_And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons._
If you are chastised, then are you loved, and you are loved because you are a son in the house, if not then you are either a slave or a bastard.
CHURCH IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
The old covenant could not make two different people one but the new covenant through the Holy Spirit unites two or more people and makes them one in the body of Christ.
PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH
The responsibility of the five fold ministers is to perfect the saints
Saints are believers who are young, babies and everyone that have room for growth in Christ.
Saints are not dead people, who are prayed for or canonise to become saints in death. Saints are the living in Christ.
The last thing Christ did for the old covenant believers (those who obeyed God) is the first thing he did for the new covenant believers.
Those who obeyed God in the old testament were redeemed after that they have died(in other words, they first obeyed God in other to be redeemed) but in the new covenant, believers are first redeemed in other to obey and follow God(Grace and Truth)
Be a light to others , you become a light to others when you don't react the way people expect you to. When you rejoice in face of persecution and in trials, you shine as light to the world.
The new covenant is a ministry of sacrifice. In other words, we are meant to die for the people around us in other that they may live. If you don't die for them, you cannot win them to God.
Persecution, trails and pressure is part of training unto Excellence.