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Life Together
July 7, 2017
Relevance: Chapter 7, Restored by Grace


Life Together


"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together" (Hebrews 10:24-25).

The global community of Christians is the Church, and "Christ is ... the head of the Church, which is his body" (Colossians 1:18). We are closely interconnected as parts of this body. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad." (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)

The Spirit of God resides not only in the life of each believer, but also collectively in the church. "Don't you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16) The Holy Spirit imparts life to the church so that it can bear the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and that it becomes one in heart and mind (Acts 4:32).

It all means that the Christian life can be fully realized only in fellowship with one another. In the community of true disciples, we are doing life together. So it's important that you are connected with a community of Christians.

One of the most important purposes for Christians to meet together is corporate worship.

"What matters most in worship is being the right person. God is the entire reason for worship, and we must approach him with the right heart and mind." (RG, 158)

The worship service occupies a set time that continues from your past to your future. Spiritually it's a break in your linear timeline during which time you enter into God's presence. It's an opportune moment of your engaging with God. It's a moment when your present breaks with the circumstances of your past up to that point, and breaks with everything that will again burden your mind and heart right after. It's a moment of holy encounter. It's a timeless moment in God's presence that's a foretaste of eternity when time is no more. (See RG, 158-9)

"So when we come to worship, the focus is always on the attributes of God instead of our own unfinished business or future concerns. When we focus on who God is, it's important that we don't create our own god by emphasizing some of his attributes and ignoring others. The most common distortion is to adore his grace and love and, at the same time, regard little his holiness and abhorrence of sin ...

"When in worship, we must be aware that God is here and now. Our past is in our thanksgiving, and our future is in our faith and hope. In the present, 'here' is the divine space, and 'now' is the divine time, and we're in the presence of God. We worship by faith, trusting that we're entering into his presence and we'll meet him there." (RG, 159)


Notes:


From Darkness to Light
170504, Ch.1, What is Heaven?
170512, Ch.5, Good and Evil
170519, Ch.5, Image of God
170526, Ch.6, All Have Sinned
170602, Ch.6, Isaiah Prophecies
170609, Ch.6, Lamb of God
170616, Ch.6, Decision Prayer

New Life in Christ
170623, Ch.7, Fruit of the Spirit
170630, Ch.7, Time with God
170707, Ch.7, Life Together
170714, Ch.7, Messiah's Return
170728, Ch.7, Audacious Faith
171006, Ch.7, Mark of the Christian
171027, Ch.7, Christian Identities

Growing in Christ
171110, Know the Bible
171210, Christ is Central
180302, Satan Exposed

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