Lake Shore family,
We are for Christ. What brings us together is Christ.
If we are for Christ, we are for whatever Jesus is for. Jesus is for you and every other Christian, but he is not only for individuals; he is for his church. He said, “I will build my church.”
Jesus is for the collected people of God, for the assemblies of his people. Jesus likes his people together. He said, “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20).
When we love the church, we are actually loving Jesus. When Saul persecuted the church, Jesus appeared to him in a vision and said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4) What we do to the church, we do to Jesus.
I love and serve the church because it is the visible manifestation of Jesus on earth. The church really is the body of Jesus, and he its head. I love Jesus, so I love the church. Although the church is not perfect as Jesus is, nevertheless she is the closest thing to Jesus on earth.
According to Scripture, the church is the bride of Christ, the body of Christ, God’s building, God’s temple, the pillar and buttress of the truth, God’s field, God’s vineyard, God’s family, God’s household, God’s covenant people, spiritual Israel, the saints.
In Christ’s church we love and are loved through the power of the Holy Spirit.
In Christ’s church we truly belong in a way that transcends understanding. In Christ’s church we are in union with Christ and in a true union with other believers. This is a union greater than blood family. We are one.
O church, tremble when we assemble.
For Christ and his people,