Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to meet with the first century Christians?
One of the greatest blessings on this side of heaven is to gather with others of like-minded faith who take God and His Word seriously. We are a group of believers saved by grace through faith in Christ and His finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9) who gather together around the Lord Jesus, seeking to follow only the directions given in the New Testament.
Our Lord Himself first spoke of the Church when He declared that He was it’s builder and would establish it on a sure foundation.
Ephesians 5:25 (New International Version) Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.
Matthew 16:18 (New International Version) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
There may be some things about a local church like this that are different for you:
Christ is the gathering centre.
Matthew 18:20 (New International Version) For where two or three come together in My Name, there am I with them.
1 John 1:3 (New International Version) We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Lord’s Supper is an important part of our gatherings.
The main purpose of this time is to minister to the heart of God, giving thanks for our Saviour who took our place on the cross and nailed all our sins to His cross.
Colossians 2:13-15 (New International Version) God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.