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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 27, 2013 - The Church — a Fellowship

By Gretchen S. Askew

Christians believe that the birth of the Church occurred on that memorable Day of Pentecost. We can visualize the multitudes gathered together as one body under the power of a great leader. We can hear the sound like "The mighty rushing wind" and each man speaking "in his own tongue as the Spirit gave him utterance" (see Acts 2:1-5). We can imagine how it must have felt as the Holy Spirit descended upon the people who were all in one accord and in one place.

We hear Peter as he lifted up his voice and proclaimed the word of truth (see Acts 2:14-41). The newborn Church became that day the hands and feet and mouth of Christ, who is the head of the Church. Since that hour men have been meeting in "togetherness" as a body of believers, worshiping in His name. In every land, in remote mountain recesses or on busy thoroughfares, men and women have continued to come together to revere His holy name and to create a better world in which to live.

What, then, is the Church? It is, and always has been, a body of believers — a fellowship of faith. It is a fellowship of faith in the invisible, faith in the reliability of God's promises and in His ever-abiding love. It is the epitome of trust and self-commitment. It is the open mind ready and willing to receive the merciful outpourings of a beneficent Heavenly Father. It is a corporate group — men and women marching side by side out into the vast unknown, believing in and bearing witness to the perfect way of Christ for all men.

What is the Church? It is a fellowship of hope — a body of believers, bound in the unity of its strength, under the wise guidance of a Master Leader; destined to make the blind to see and the lame to walk; ready to aid the helpless and the erring, give food to the hungry, assurance to those in despair, love to the lost and lonely, and comfort to those who sorrow. It is that which supplies an anchor both for the here and now and for eternity.

What is the Church? It is a fellowship of transforming love — love for one another and for all mankind everywhere. It is the medium through which Christians find the opportunity to express their highest compassion in a ministry of kindness and mercy to a world that sorely needs it. It is the representative body of the sacrificial Father and of a Savior whose vicarious suffering sets a perfect example of love in its highest form. It is the heart and soul of the greatest cause ever known to mankind, for it is guided by One whose hand rules our eternal destiny unerringly.

There is no demand in the Scriptures that the Church become a model of efficiency, or a collection of perfect people It is not necessary, nor desirable, that all Christians think alike, build churches alike, or employ the same governmental or liturgical practices. What the Scriptures do ask is that this body of believers — known as the Church of the living God — express Christ's revelation to all mankind.

The Church is Christians in a fellowship of faith, hope and love, bearing witness to all men that Christ is the Savior of the world.

— Adapted from "The Church — a Fellowship" by Gretchen S. Askew, originally published in the Feb. 5, 1961, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

 

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