The True Church
One of the first questions you get as a believer is, what church do you belong to?
Here is the “church” I desire and am finding:
It is the true body of believers located around the world. We are connected by spirit and truth. Ephesians 4:4 We are united because we are one in Christ. We are the temple of God whose foundation isn’t brick and stone, but the Word of God. Ephesians 2:20-22 It is a place without walls. It is about the body of believers coming together in spirit and truth and worshipping our God in the same. John 4:24. It is about the heart – as true love flows from God to each other. Gathering together isn’t about being in the same place, but being of one heart and united in the Spirit of God – though sometimes we are in the same place; in homes, coffee shops, nature. We meet other members all over. Membership is about the heart. We fellowship when and wherever. We pray when and wherever. We help each other (as led by the spirit) when there is a need. We are spirit-led not man-led. It isn’t about a building, a day, a time, a place, a format, a program, it is about our lives.
It is about unity not divisions. 1 Corinthians 1:12-13. Vulnerability, authenticity and honesty are fostered because there isn’t the pressure to conform or to fit a certain profile, but a freedom to be who we are as children learning and growing in Christ. Matthew 23:28
Each one is longing for and actively cultivating an intimate relationship with God, then comes together to share in the fruit, gifts, and questions of that personal relationship. Our passion is for God to be our first love. We seek to hear His voice, as we spend time listening. We long to go wherever He leads. The source of our spiritual nourishment is the Word of God, not man’s interpretation of His Word. We go there to feast on the truth. We are filled, satisfied and transformed. Truth is searched out no matter what it may be. Motives are purified. Honesty is grown within our lives as we are uncovered. There is confession and forgiveness. There is the sharing of burdens and fervent prayers for one another. True hope abounds. Mercy and grace prevails. Love consumes. Lies are revealed and expelled. We are exposed, delivered and healed.
The Holy Spirit is sought as each one’s most trusted counselor. He is our Teacher. He is our Authority. Spiritual gifts are manifested from the spirit of God not of spirits of deception. There is true accountability because the Holy Spirit dwells within each member convicting and leading. God is truly the head, not man. He is the Lord, the Shepherd, and the Leader. Ezekiel 34:23, Ezekiel 37:24
Belonging to the church, the true church is about the state of the heart.
This temple is found in the hearts of true believers. It isn’t a place made with man’s hands, but with God’s, and it is tremendous.
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Foundation for Young Believers (Address the issue of not forsaking the assembling of ourselves)
April 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm
April 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm
Hi Sue! Thanks for the re-post on your blog 🙂
April 6, 2010 at 1:46 am
Yes Rachel, it is the only church that the gates of hell can never come against!
What a blessing that this revelation is being given across the world at this time.
May our prayer be that others continue to see this and then have the courage to walk away from their man-centered religious institutions regardless of cost. Bless you.
April 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm
Hi Roger – so true! That is indeed my prayer for many. The religious institutions can bring so much bondage, yet so many still don’t see that.
April 6, 2010 at 5:53 am
Let us follow the Good Shepherd in the power of His Spirit.
April 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm
Hi Nathan – thanks for stopping by!!
April 6, 2010 at 6:35 am
Hey Rachel, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the title of this yesterday to know that something that had already been on my mind was on yours as well!
How rare we see this True Church fleshed out in the world, but this is something I truly hunger for! This place of openness and confession, exhortation and guidance is one I feel I need more of. So often ‘church’ gatherings are full of worldliness that pulls us down or planned activities that distract, and even gatherings that seem to do many things in a reverent and Godly way are often so geared toward any nonbelievers that happen to be in the ‘audience,’ that they appear to be evangelizing more than feeding the flock. This is something I’ve been thinking and praying about for a long time!
April 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm
Hi Ruth – I love how the Spirit unites our hearts in this way. It speaks to unity in His Spirit and it is incredible. This true church won’t be found in a building, the institution, but it is found in the hearts of others. I find it in you, in our connection. It is a new way of looking at what is truly fellowship and “church” and yet it isn’t new in that I think this was always the intention.
April 8, 2010 at 5:22 am
You always speak TRUTH.
April 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm
Willnette – so good to hear from you! It’s been awhile. Hope all is well.
April 8, 2010 at 5:58 pm
Your message is so true. The Church of Jesus Christ is within the heart of every believer. It does not matter how many days a week you attend a service in a church if the reigning Christ is not having service within your heart!
April 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm
Hi Marianne – Thanks for comment!
April 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm
I amen and amen your recent post about the true church. I used to be a missionary and pastor’s wife for fifteen years. Sporadic church attendance at best typifies the last fifteen years. A recent Easter visit was a positive experience but it feels good to enjoy the freedom of fellowship outside of that building.
I can say with all honesty that I have never been closer to Jesus and more filled with expectation for His purposes in my life. The church is truly a living organism of people who love Him.
A book that helped me resolve my conflicted journey was So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore by Wayne Jacobsen & Dave Coleman. Thank you for having the courage to share your freedom!
April 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm
JoDee – thanks so much for your comment and sharing your experience. It is an encouragement to hear about others who experience this truth. I’ll check out the book.
September 25, 2010 at 3:22 am
Now if we could just get all these denominational churches to close down and let us all return to our homes to worship Jesus like the early church in Acts did.
Hey, I will be doing an article on “The Invisible Church” over at my blog, and I will be linking this article to it. Just so you know…
Nicely said, Rachel.
September 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm
Donald – Yes! Wouldn’t that be great! Looking forward to reading the article.
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September 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm
Yeah! …and then some!
Rachel, digging your stuff, seriously.
Donald in Bethel, CT
Son, husband, father, and apparently difficult to get along with…
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