What is church?
I love church. I love to see faces and people with hope in their heart. I love to see children run to Sunday School. I love to see ushers greet you with a smile. I love the whole experience.
I grew up going to church, it was a Sunday expectation. I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior at a young age and I looked up to the older generation around me, all so in love with Jesus. I admired their worship, I admired their prayers, and I admired their discipline. I would recognize the same faces each week, looking out for the usher who wouldn't let me go to the bathroom alone (smart lady).
Their faith and courage inspired me, it helped me become a strong believer. Even though I wasn't a loud christian preaching to everyone at school, I said prayers in my heart. Even though I didn't have the Apostle's Creed memorized, I still believed in what it said. Although the people in my church were great examples, I didn't hold it as the only expectation for my life. I wanted to know Jesus for myself, I wanted to know the Bible through and through, letting my spirit be guided by the Holy Spirit.
I think christians hold huge responsibilities: love the Lord with all our heart, mind and soul; love your neighbor as you love yourself; bring people to accept Jesus Christ as their lord and savior. The great thing is, as a church we are never alone.
The church is meant to be united, not divided. We are meant to be led by the same Holy Spirit, and work together as a body. Each member of the church is a different part of the body, but the body can't function if we're not all doing our part.
The Bible says we are a body made of individuals. We are meant to be unique, to stand out and be recognized for who we are.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
By knowing who God is and who we are in Christ, we then know our part in the body. We can then understand how the body should work. We are to love one another as we love ourselves.
Church is not a building, a place to meet on Sundays or Tuesdays or whenever. It is the people, it is the Body of Christ. Stand united people, in love.
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do no all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
— Romans 12:4-5
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
— 1 Corinthians 12:13
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
— James 1:22
[P]reach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
— 1 Timothy 4:2