In Touch Daily Devotional 14 October 2021 with Dr Charles Stanley | What Is the Church?

In Touch Daily Devotional 14 October 2021 with Dr Charles Stanley | What Is the Church?

In Touch Daily Devotional 14 October 2021 with Dr Charles Stanley | What Is the Church?

Welcome to Today’s In-Touch Daily Devotional for Thursday 14th October 2021 written by Dr Charles Stanley. May the Lord God Almighty bless you as you study His Word in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

DR CHARLES STANLEY DEVOTIONAL 14 OCTOBER 2021

TOPIC: WHAT IS THE CHURCH?

Scripture: Colossians 1:15-20

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or [a]principalities or [b]powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,

20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

In Touch Daily Devotional 14 October 2021 with Dr Charles Stanley | Message

Most people think of the church as a building, but that’s not the biblical definition. It isn’t merely a meeting place for social interaction, scriptural instruction, and service projects. Rather, the church is composed of all those who have been redeemed by Christ. He is the head of church, and believers are called His body.

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” He was referring to the entire body of Christ, which is composed of all believers worldwide from every generation. The church began on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came and filled Jesus’ followers, and it will continue until the rapture of the church, when believers in Christ will be caught up to meet Him in the sky (1 Thess. 4:16-17).

Until then, our job as Christ’s body is to follow our Head. We’re not the ones in charge; He is. The Lord builds His church, but He uses us to make disciples, baptizing and teaching them to obey all His commands (Matt. 28:19-20). We don’t come up with our own plans; we simply follow His.

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