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Church Life


Activities and information that promote our growth as Christians and our relationship with Christ within the corporate body of the Church.

The Beauty Of Togetherness

My church holds two services on the Lord’s Day. Each Sunday morning, we gather for worship, fellowship, and instruction for about ninety minutes. Some Sundays we may go a little longer but we are generally in a corporate setting from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Then we have an evening service. It normally lasts from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Like the morning service, we may go a little longer. Yet, we aren’t in a hurry. It is standard practice to see many people hanging around after both services to enjoy the togetherness as God’s people. There is something beautiful about the togetherness of God’s people on the Lord’s Day and having two opportunities is a delight and joy. And it is this beauty of our togetherness we want to consider from today’s scripture.

The Family Of God

Psalm 16:3 – As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. THEME OF THE DAY. THE FAMILY OF GOD. The Bible offers various metaphors describing the church of the Lord Jesus. There is the body – “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things…

Prayer: Understanding It From God’s View

John 17:9 – I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. THEME OF THE DAY. PRAYER: UNDERSTANDING IT FROM GOD’s VIEW. If we were to do a survey of our private prayer lives, how would we rate the balance between how much time we give praying…

Are We Burdened For The Church?

2 Corinthians 11:28 – And apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. THEME OF THE DAY. ARE WE BURDENED FOR THE CHURCH? A little confession and disclosure time. Some people have asked me, “Jim, how do you write these nuggets and how can you do so many?” First of all, there…

When We Don’t Feel Like Church

I want you to be honest. Real honest. Are there ever any Sunday mornings you don’t feel like going to church? If you were to tell me, “Nope. I have never once had a Sunday I didn’t want to go to church.” If that is you, I am envious. I cannot say that . . . I’ve experienced a Sunday or two when I wasn’t too thrilled about going to church. And I think each of you would be in my camp, but before I offer the strongest motivator possible to be faithful to church, week-in and week-out, I want to identify four reasons or excuses for missing church.

The Marks Of A Healthy Church

Today’s scripture provides the necessary elements for a church to be healthy (Acts 2:42). All of these must be active, alive, and safeguarded if we are to model God’s design for the church He reveals in His Word. There are four identified by Luke. First, there must be the commitment to sound Biblical teaching or doctrine. The next element in a healthy church is fellowship among God’s people. A third element in a healthy church is observance of the Lord’s table – “the breaking of bread.” The final element in a healthy church is a vibrant prayer ministry.