How is Jesus’ church described for us in his book?
The Greek word Jesus used that is translated “church” means a called-out assembly (Matthew 16:18 & 18:17) and is called out by his gospel (2nd Thessalonians 2:13-14)
His bride (Matthew 9:14-15)
His flock or His sheep (John 10:14-16)
His holy temple (1st Corinthians 3:16-17)
His body (Ephesians 1:22-23)
Mount Zion (Hebrews 12:22)
City of the Living God (Hebrews 12:22)
General assembly & church of the firstborn (Hebrews 12:23)
His unshakeable kingdom (Hebrews 12:28)
Heavenly Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2)
Isaiah & Micah called it the Mountain of the House of the Lord (Isaiah 2:1-2 & Micah 4:1-2)
Isaiah added “the House of the God of Jacob” (Isaiah 2:3)
God’s plan for the church was from eternity, it was prepared for by the Law of Moses and predicted by God’s prophets.
Jesus bought the church with his blood and his apostles, preachers, and multiplied saints through the ages also paid for its preaching with their blood.
It is now given into our hands, holy, priceless, and powerful. We are desperate for its benefit to ourselves, our children and our grandchildren.
Change nothing. Be faithful stewards of the gospel and of our Lord’s church just as they have been given to us.
We have so much freedom in life. We can eat our favorite foods, live where we desire, work at vocations of our choosing, and entertain ourselves as we like.
So make changes in your own life as you see fit, but never, never change the church.