© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
The church is God’s chosen people. By His gospel Jesus calls and assembles His own people to enjoy special privileges and to serve special purposes (2 Thess. 2:13-14, 1 Peter 2:9-10). The church is God’s kingdom. Jesus commands allegiance, and kingdom citizenship affords the redemption and forgiveness found only in His blood (Colossians 1:13-14).
The church is the body of Christ. He is its savior and head, and He uses it to fulfill the work He wants to do in the world today (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23). The church is God’s family (1 Timothy 3:15). His children inherit all His special care and blessings. God adopts us through faith at the point of our baptism into Christ (Galatians 3:26-27). The church is the bride of Christ. Sacrificial, loving, and providing, Jesus is husband and head of the church that fully submits to Him (Ephesians 5:23-32).
The church is the Lord’s flock. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for the sheep. Risen, He leads His flock to abundant life (John 10:1-18).
These and other Biblical pictures of the church demonstrate its indispensability to God’s plan to make our lives meaningful. Let us rid ourselves of “brick-and-mortar” or “social club” concepts of church. Jesus paid the price of His blood for souls—yours and mine (Acts 20:28). Why would we not want to be members and workers in His church?