The church is made up of individual, local gatherings. The early disciples went out and established the church of Jesus Christ. We have frequent references through the New Testament to the various local gatherings of believers, such as the church at Jerusalem, the church at Antioch, the church at Ephesus, the church at Corinth, the church at Philippi, the church at Rome. We could carry out that same descriptive analogy, referring to the various churches right here in Waynesboro and Augusta County, scores of churches, too numerous to list. Each of them is a local expression of the gathered people of Jesus Christ, the ekklesia (called-out ones), whether it is named Church on the Hill, Tinkling Spring Presbyterian, Cornerstone Church of Augusta, Gracebuilt or Hope Community Church.
Each of these churches, then and now, met somewhere – in a house, in catacombs and caves, in a public building, under the shelter of a tree, or in the kind of facility we now think of when we hear the word church. But the church is not a building. The church is people.
There are several New Testament images for the church . . . The Building of God, the Bride of Christ, the Family of God . . . Another image is The Body of Christ. As we read in Romans 12:4-5, “For as in one body we have many members, and not all members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” Or we read in 1 Corinthians 12:12, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” You and I are part of the body of Christ. Jesus Christ is the head of that body.
Of all the images of the church, including the Body of Christ, they all help us get a feel for the church. If there is any common theme that brings various images of the church together, I would say it would be the word TOGETHERNESS. Every one of these images focuses on the person and the work of Jesus Christ. We are brought together around Him. We are not in isolation.
Here are two thoughts: First, church is not just about “me.” I am afraid there is too much consumerism in organized Christianity these days. We want to go to a church where our needs can be met, forgetting that there are people who unselfishly teach Sunday School, serve as elders, sing in worship teams, greet, decorate the sanctuary, etc. I know people that just expect all this stuff to happen and haven’t given any thought that they have any role to play in the life of the family. Church is not just about “me,” it is about us.
Second, it is the Holy Spirit who ultimately brings us together. This is what the Holy Spirit has been doing for over 2,000 years. He has been helping people come to faith in Jesus Christ, and He has been in the business of placing them in community, in relationship with other believers in the Church. May we TOGETHER be the Body of Christ, faithfully representing Jesus Christ to our world!! We’re better together!!
Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, Ephesians: Our Identity and Purpose! His sermon this Sunday is “One Body . . . ,” based upon Ephesians 4:4-6. Please read this text in preparation for worship.
Adult Sunday school
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday immediately after worship in the large Sunday school room. Please join Janet Coiner and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will study Matthew 28: Do you believe in the resurrection? Please bring your Bible!!
High Tea with Hope on Saturday, July 23rd at 12:00 Noon. The event will be held in a specially designed tearoom in Stuarts Draft ($18.00 per person). We do have a fund to assist with the cost. See Marty Porter, if needed. Sign-up on the table in the Welcome Center.
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
May Financial Report
Offerings: Monthly: $35,143.89 YTD: $89,892.88
Expenses: Monthly: $13,604.31 YTD: $73,820.51
We have also received monies designated for our capital campaign and building fund. In May received $1,185.00 for the Capital Campaign and $550.00 in restricted giving.
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Our Weekly Prayer meeting is held at our church facility each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join with us as we seek the Lord’s face!
Jennifer Lucas (6/16); Kim Holman (6/17); Paige Holder (6/24)