Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
The church is not a building
Look around you! What is the most valuable thing you see? Is it the building, furniture or equipment? None of these.
It is the people. We know that the church is not the building. We know that Jesus promised that where two or more are gathered in his name he would be there. We know that the building could be taken away and the church would continue. However few churches spend enough time building one believer upon another to form a church.
- "You also like living stones are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God ..." (1 Peter 2:5)
- "For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building." (1 Corinthians 3:9)
- "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you." (1 Corinthians 3:16)
- "And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." (Ephesians 2:22)
We know that each believer is a stone in a building into which God pours his Spirit. But what do we do to get the stones one upon another and then keep the stones together?
How to build a church not a building
Draw up a plan. A plan is a set of values and a direction. A plan of a building does not tell the builder where every single brick goes. A brick layer makes that up as he goes.
Value 1. The church met in homes for the first 300 years.
Value 2. "Built to be a holy priesthood". Each person has a vital role to play. Each person a priest.
Value 3. "Offering spiritual sacrifices". By meeting in this way the sacrifices God requires will be done.
Value 4. Each believer must become a builder "we are God's fellow workers"
Value 5. When believers meet in this way and with this heart, God's Spirit arrives.
What does this "Spiritual house, God's building, God's temple, dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit" do?
Teaches us to know Jesus (prayer)
Teaches us to reach the lost (evangelism)
Teaches us to make leaders (discipleship)
- PRAYER - relationship with God
- EVANGELISM - relationship with the lost
- DISCIPLESHIP - relationship with believers
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Nothing at all. One could call churches that meet in houses almost anything, but the word "Cell" does have something to teach us.
1) A "cell" is part of the Body.
2) A "cell" doing its own thing is a "cancer cell".
3) A "cell" is under authority of the body.
4) A "cell" exists to build up the body.
5) A "cell" goes in the same direction as the body.
6) A "cell" exists to multiply.
7) Many cells make up a strong body.
8) The work of a body happens in the cell
9) The body feeds, protects and gives meaning to the cell.
A cell in this relationship with the head and body will be blessed.
Date Added: 2000-08-04
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