Entries by ralph

The Church, Past, Present, and Future #1

New Testament Church – Part One As I travel from place to place ministering I see many varieties and forms of “the Church.” The people who gather in these places are “doing church” to the best of their ability. They are faithful and they are doing their best to love people and touch lives for […]

Personal Reflections – The Church #9

We have been looking at the New Testament expression of the Church that Jesus is building. These 14 images of the Church that Jesus is building give us a fairly clear picture of who we are – for, we are the Church. Each picture of the Church shows us that the church is a close-knit, […]

Personal Reflections – The Church #8

As we continue the series of personal reflections on “The Church”… 13> A Temple See: 1 Corinthians 3; 2 Corinthians 6; Ephesians 2; 1 Peter 2 We are living stones designed to be assembled together with other living stones to form God’s house. Jesus Christ embodies the house of God – His holy temple. Christ […]

Personal Reflections – The Church #7

The Church, in the New Testament, is described many different ways. We have been looking at the various names and expressions for the Church in the past week and a bit. Let’s jump in and continue… 11> A Vineyard See: John 15 Jesus Christ is the Vine and we are the branches. The vine and […]

Personal Reflections – The Church #6

There are a few descriptive names for the Church that are not well known. This is the case with the next two… 9> One Loaf See: John 12; 1 Corinthians 10 Jesus Christ is one grain. When He was put into the ground (buried) and rose again, He produced many grains (believers). Those individual grains […]

Personal Reflections – The Church #5

Let’s continue our look at the names associated with the Church that Jesus is building 7> A Holy Nation See: 1 Peter 2; Revelation 1, 5 The seventh descriptive name for the Church that Jesus is building is that we are “A Holy Nation.” In every country we are a ‘nation within a nation.’ We […]

Personal Reflections – The Church #4

Let’s continue our look at the different pictures used in the New Testament to describe the Church – what the Church is and the work that the Church is called to accomplish for it’s head, Jesus Christ. 5> An Army See: Ephesians 6:10-20; Colossians 1:13; Revelation 19:19 As followers and disciples of Christ, we are […]

Personal Reflection – The Church #3

We are looking at the Church that Jesus is building and what the New Testament has to say about the Church. We have seen that it is called “A New Race” of people. Second that we are called “A Family.” 3> A Body See Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12 We are members of the Body […]

Personal Reflection – The Church #2

Because the Church represents Jesus in all of His glory upon the earth, like Jesus, there are many facets to the Church. In Scripture, the New Testament, there are fourteen different descriptive words used to describe this amazing world-wide community that Jesus is building. 1> A New Race  See Galatians 6; Ephesians 2; 1 Peter […]

Personal Reflection – The Church #1

God, our heavenly Father is after a people who live for one purpose – His ultimate passion. These are people of faith who do not feel that they are special or elite in any sense. They understand that without Jesus they are nothing and can accomplish nothing of any eternal significance. However, these people do […]