The Glorious Body of Christ V: The Message of the Church - Matthew 28:18-20

In 1 Cor. 2:2, Paul declared that he decided to know nothing among the Corinthians except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Many people have latched on to this declaration and call on churches to make this simple gospel truth the focus of everything they do. “Don’t get distracted by secondary issues. Just preach the gospel!” Christianity isn’t about what you do or how you live; it’s about believing in Jesus!But while the gospel message of Christ crucified for sinners is the beating heart of the Church’s message, the message of the Church cannot be reduced to Christ and Him crucified!…

Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 by CJ Bowen

The Glorious Body of Christ IV: The Mission of the Church - Matthew 28:18-20

We’ve been looking at the Church of Jesus Christ, and exploring what the Church is through the metaphor of the body of Christ, with Jesus Himself being the head, and the Holy Spirit breathing life into the Church. Now we turn from what the Church is to begin looking at what the body of Christ does. Bodies aren’t dead statues; bodies are given life in order to do something. So what does this body do? What is the mission of the Church?Matt. 28:18-20 gives us the heart of the answer: the mission of the Church is to go and make…

Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2020 by CJ Bowen

The Glorious Body of Christ III: The Breath of Life - John 20:21-22

Many of you have seen movies where the goal was to make animated people as lifelike as possible. Unfortunately, the people-figures always seem to fall into what’s called the “uncanny valley”, where something that isn’t actually human looks so very human but at the same time not human that it’s really just creepy. It looks lifelike, but it isn’t alive.This isn’t just something we see in movies; we can also see it in churches. Ezekiel 10 records a vision of the glory of God departing from the temple in judgment because of the sins of His people. But even though…

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by CJ Bowen