My family and I are fans of the Andy Griffith Show. To this day, we watch an episode or two practically every week. Those shows are full of good down-home humor with many connections to life even today.
In one scene of the episode, “The Sermon For Today,” Aunt Bea and Clara Johnson are found in deep discussion on the phone about what they were going to wear for church that morning. This was of great concern to these two dear ladies because a visiting preacher, Dr. Breen from New York City, would be delivering the sermon. They wanted to make a good impression upon the special “sermoner” from the big city!
Who are you preparing to see this Sunday?
As was noted in Wednesday’s blog, Christ is the Church. He is the Head, the Architect, the Chief Shepherd, the Master Builder, the Owner, and the Transformer of Lives in His Body, the Church.
Christ also is The Face of the Church, not the pastor, the deacons, the denomination head, or anyone else.
So, when you prepare for the worship gathering this Sunday, make it all about Christ.
- Christ goes with you because He dwells in you (Colossians 1:27), and He is your life (Colossians 3:3-4).
- Christ is the reason the Church exists (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:14-22; 3:10-11)
- Christ is One Who is read in print (Bible) and electronically (Bible app) and is preached about from the pulpit (John 1:1, 14; 2 Timothy 4:2).
- Christ is the Savior of all who gather, those who have received His free gift of salvation as well as those who have yet to do so (John 1:12; 3:16; Romans 3:10-25; 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-9)
- Christ is the Truth, the main topic of conversation, as you share with others in life-on-life discipleship (Ephesians 4:15).
- Christ is the only One Who is worthy of all the attention on Sunday (Colossians 1:18-19).
- Christ is the One you are looking to show-up with great fanfare at any minute (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).
Church is not about what the ladies (Bea & Clara) are wearing, or where the preacher is from, or how long the sermon lasts, or any other peripheral issue.
The Church is the body of Christ of which you, as a born again believer, are a member (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). So as you prepare to gather on Sunday, be looking for Christ in every facet of ministry. If the church you attend is a solid Bible-believing, preaching church, Christ will be there. Look for Him (Hebrews 12:1-2). He is the One you really want to see, to fellowship with, and to hear from in Church!!
To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, these things says He Who holds the seven stars in His right hand, Who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands (Revelation 2:1).