Sunday, September 13, 2015

TRUE MEANING OF CHURCH BUILDING



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ost likely when someone says that they're “building a church”, they are referring to constructing a physical structure. It’s saddening to watch blind leaders in Christendom conniving their way into the pockets of innocent people taking their hard earned money to expand their church business empires. They insist that the church is a physical house of worship; however; Christ made mention of building a church in the early stage of his service with God on earth (Mat16:18), but throughout his entire ministry it has never been recorded in scriptures that Jesus collected “building funds” to construct a cathedral for the disciples to congregate to worship God. Jesus came to call people out spiritually from the nature of sin and to gradually guide them into the sinless nature of God unto immortalization, in this regard the real Church are the spiritually called out people who are departing daily from the nature of sin to achieve the complete sinless nature of God. “Building a church” REALLY means to convert sinners, perfecting them or making saints through accurate teaching and physical demonstration of the word of God. 

The Church are the people who have genuinely repented and forsaken their sins, and are embarking on the internal journey of perfection. What makes them a church is the indwelling of Christ, this “church” is developing daily by crucifying the flesh to obtain the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Christ teaches us that we should make every effort to add to our faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. If we possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2Peter1:5-8). This is what church building is all about; the bricks for building the church are the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal5:22). As the converted people are daily adding these spiritual values into their lives, they are building up to conform to the full image of Christ. 

Jesus Christ is the accurate model of the church, God wants His called out people to grow up spiritually to the point of achieving sinless perfection and immortalization of the mortal body. Therefore building according to the pattern means developing people after Christ; it is him that God presented and said "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased (Mat3:16). God is only delighted to see His children growing and becoming like Christ. No matter how well a local church may organize, if the believers are not growing spiritually becoming like Christ, the leader is not laboring with Christ and building according to God’s pattern. Without changing the lives of people daily from sin to righteousness means that we are not building Church, for the beauty of the Church is the character of the people. It is foolish to spend billions of dollars building physical structures while the people are dying in their sins and going hell, offerings of the people should be spent to transform lives, not to erect buildings. Many nations exist where people must see the light, and the Christians must be developed into full maturity and released into the field to impart Christ to the lost souls, that is “church building”. It would be great if Pastor E A. Adeboye could visit any Islamic country to convert the Muslims and build his 3 kilometer long church auditorium for them, or Bishop Oyedepo to build another “Canan Land” in Niger Republic…

Finally, It's important to understand that a church planter or church builder is not someone who knows how to register a religious organization, and knows how to manipulate people to raise money to rent, buy or to build structures and gather multitudes together. A true church planter is a spiritual wise master builder, someone who builds following an accurate master plan. A good builder will not begin building a house without first having an accurate architectural design. Jesus Christ is the wise master builder, He is the church planter and we are co-laborers with Him, for He says, On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it (Mat16:18). The word “build” entails that the Church which Jesus will build must be developed according to a divine pattern “an eternal architectural design” starting from the foundation to the capstone. Any person desiring to contribute in building the church with Christ as a co laborer without tracking the divine plan will be fighting against God. Before Paul the apostle started his service as co-worker with Christ to build the Church of God, he first received by revelation the divine pattern of Christ’s Church, which is the reason Paul called himself a wise master builder because he carefully built the church with Christ following the divine pattern of the eternal Church of Christ. (1Cor3:9-15)…

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