Previously, we talked about Jesus’ Kingdom. Jesus came to bring a Kingdom and His Kingdom leads to the building of a church, which is of course, His Body.
So, if Jesus didn’t preach the Kingdom of the church, what does that mean for us as churchgoers? Jesus said that whenever 2 or 3 are gathered together, He would be there in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20). Coffee morning in Weatherspoons, Sunday gatherings, worship practices, lunch out together, are all gatherings of Church. Essentially, its when the Body of Christ get together in Jesus’ Name. It is not primarily a Sunday morning gathering but it includes that. It’s whenever brothers or sisters meet and fellowship together. For a believer in a hostile environment, this may mean a chance meeting in a wood or a coffee shop, where all you can do is silently express praise to God and encouragement to one another.
Sunday mornings are essentially a gathering when we get to together with the intention to worship God, celebrate (testimony) what God has been doing in the week as we have been advancing the Kingdom. It’s also a time to intentionally encourage one another and build each other up so that we are empowered to continue the Kingdom mission set before us.
In this sense, Sunday gatherings should refocus us to be Jesus centred and Kingdom minded – in our workplaces, coffee shops, toddler groups, hospital appointments, etc. etc. Essentially, Jesus spent one day a week teaching in the synagogue but 6 days a week in the market place, walking through the desert streets, healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons and announcing the reign of God.
Unfortunately, we can blur the lines. We can place church at the centre rather than a life giving relationship with Jesus, that spills over into a life giving relationship with one another.
If we think Kingdom above Church, we become less worried about our patch and more aware of the bigger picture. We become more concerned with blessing those around us and more determined to see God’s reign in our communities, towns, workplaces and daily routines.
Jesus said ‘… I will build my Church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.’ (Matthew 16:18) If Jesus is responsible for building the Church, we have been given the responsibility of announcing God’s reign and making disciples of those who respond.
Let’s be Kingdom minded people, making the most of our relationships with one another.