What Is Church?

What is church? It’s not a building! It’s not a club! It’s not a performance! A church can be described as a gospel community or family, where people gather to be remade by God’s word.

The people that make up a church aren’t ordinary people though. They are blood bought, redeemed Christians—they are adopted members of God’s family. Not because of anything they did, but only because of the love Christ Jesus demonstrated on the cross. They are people who have repented of their sins and believed in Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

In John 13:34­─35, Jesus tells His disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” How much did Jesus love His disciples? He loved them, and us, enough to die on the cross for our sins. A church is a community of people that understand they are the benefactors of that self-sacrificing love of Jesus. In this community, people try to love one another like Jesus loved them.

We may sometimes feel like some people aren’t as deserving of our love or forgiveness. But remember, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Churches are made up of a diverse set of people—some you’ll like, some you won’t, and some are simply awkward. Church members still sin against God and each other, but that reminds us we are all covered by the same grace, the same blood of Christ. This propels us to forgive, to love, and to serve one another. In this community, we bear each other’s burdens and encourage one another—we love one another through good times, difficulties, and even sin.

Because the church is in the world, but not of the world, Christians live life together providing the world a glimpse into the Kingdom of God. Are we at X Factor Church doing a good job of giving the world a glimpse into God’ Kingdom?
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