To God Be Glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus
Because most people do not understand that the CHURCH is God’s “called-out assembly,” called and transformed by the power of the Spirit of God to be disciples of Jesus Christ and ambassadors of His kingdom in the world, they do not see the church as anything special. But GOD does!! As Peter wrote in I Peter 2:9: “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” We who believe in Jesus Christ, who acknowledge and confess Him as Savior and Lord, must understand the special nature of our relationship with God through faith in Christ and not be ashamed of declaring who we are and whose we are, because it is by GRACE that we have been saved for this very purpose! We did not save ourselves … we did not give ourselves spiritual life. God, in His mercy, made us alive in Christ in order that we might live for the praise of His glory and share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. Christians are not just people who believe in God and who go to church. True Christians are humble servants of Jesus Christ who believe the Bible to be the Word of God and who testify that eternal life is received only through faith in the One who is the Messiah, the Christ, God’s anointed King! Being a follower of Jesus is a special calling and we who believe rejoice in God’s amazing grace!!!