What Church?

If Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we belong to His church, the Spiritual Bride of Christ. Nevertheless, this church usually functions in local churches. In Hebrews 10:24-25, Scripture enjoins us to: “….consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some (is); but exhorting (one another) and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” With what local church are we to assemble? This requires some serious thought. Most towns and cities have more than one church and some have many churches. How do we choose one with which to assemble? We can join a local church by connection (we have family or friends there), by convenience (It’s handy to where we live) or by conviction (we are in agreement with their doctrine and teaching). I want to spend two or three days on this subject. I hope to furnish some guidelines for choosing what local church to attend and join. This is a wonderful excerpt from  S. J. Stone’s hymn: “The Church’s One Foundation.” He wrote: “The church’s one Foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord; she is His new creation, by water and the Word; from Heav’n He came and sought her to be His holy Bride; with His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died. Elect from ev’ry nation, yet one o’er all the earth, her charter of salvation, one Lord, one faith, one birth; one holy Name she blesses, partakes one holy food, and to one hope she presses, with ev’ry grace endued.” Selah! Mr. Stone wrote this hymn about the Spiritual Bride of Jesus (the “invisible” church). With what local church do we want to involve the Bride of Christ?    Ron

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