Church in the Spirit: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Disillusionment with the church is rampant in society today. From books like unChristian and They Like Jesus but Not the Church, voices resonant with disenchantment with the church, crying that the church no longer meets their needs.

While there is some truth to the perceptions set forth in these writings and uttered by individuals across the nation, one basic truth is missing and all but forgotten:

Our view of the Holy Spirit is too small.
The Holy Spirit is the One who changes the church,
but we have to remember that the Holy Spirit lives in us.
It is individual people living Spirit-filled lives
that will change the church.

~Francis Chan
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

Those who are looking to the church to fulfill their needs only have it partially right. It is true that the church is to be a place where believers come together to worship God and to build each other up. We are to meet together regularly in order to help those in need spiritually, physically, and emotionally and to hold each other accountable for our walk with Christ.

But attending church should never be based on what I can get from it except for growing in the likeness of Christ and in God’s word.

When we begin to attend church only to make us feel better or to have the focus on us, we are stripping God of the power that He has to change us and to fulfull His purposes for us as individuals and as a body of believers.

The Holy Spirit gives us power to live transformed lives as individuals, and as a body he works through us to make bigger things happen than any of us can accomplish on our own. We are given power individually through the Holy Spirt, and the Spirit that lives in me is the same one that lives in all believers. Through His power we truly do have more power than the sum of our (individual) parts.

If a person is truly filled with the Holy Spirt and has a desire to see the church become all that God wants it to be, becoming part of the church is the only viable solution.

It is only through Spirit-filled believers seeking God’s will for the church that the church will be changed for His glory.


His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his vey great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world causes by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:3,4, NIV)


Yours for the celebration of life,

Claudia


This week’s In Other words in hosted by Tami at The Next Step. Join in the discussion by writing your own post or just by reading what other women have to say.

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4 thoughts on “Church in the Spirit: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

  1. I desire to see the entire church be all that it can be through the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us.

    Thanks for stoping by my blog. It’s a pleasure to have visited yours! 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing this. Lately the word encourage has been creeping into my heart and life. I am being moved to encourage others, even some that I have a luke warm relationship with, with words and actions that are enable. Your lines “the church is to be a place where believers come together to worship God and to build each other up. We are to meet together regularly in order to help those in need spiritually, physically, and emotionally and to hold each other accountable for our walk with Christ.” bring me back to this.

    Thought provoking. I’ll be back to read it again and again I’m certain.

  3. I really liked your take on this, that the church is more than the sum of its part. And this sentence in particular: “When we begin to attend church only to make us feel better or to have the focus on us, we are stripping God of the power that He has to change us and to fulfull His purposes for us as individuals and as a body of believers.”

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