A fellowship of believers

The Church

Hebrews 10:24-25  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Sometimes it’s hard to know where we belong in this world.  We can find ourselves tossed aside by society if we’re not pretty enough or cool enough for the world’s standards.  We have to meet the criteria of whatever group we’re looking to be accepted by in order to have a shot.  But in God’s family, there’s always room for the outcast or the downtrodden.

In fact, sometimes it takes feeling the rejection of the world for us to turn to God, and when we do, we find a Father who has His arms open wide.  There are many churches and many denominations and it’s not accurate to say that all of them are as accepting as Christ is, but in general the church is where we find a home where His love is shown.  The fellowship of believers is where we can find the love, encouragement, motivation, kindness, and correction the world lacks.  Each believer is equipped to minister to others in some way, and everyone has a place where they fit in.

God’s overall plan is fulfilled through His Church (outwardly) and the body is meant to minister to each other (inwardly) for this plan to be accomplished.  Our mission isn’t just to go “out there”, but also to tend to those “in here” so that each of us can be better at what we’re called to do.  Healing, hope, and love are found in Christ’s Church.  This was His plan.