The Mystery of the Church

January 2019: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Today it seems the subject of church raises questions for a lot of people. Those who’ve never been to one may wonder what goes on inside. Others view church as irrelevant in this technological age and are puzzled why anyone would take part in an archaic practice. Even Christians have questions, such as, What kind of church should I attend? or, Is it necessary to become a member?

The best way to truly understand Christ’s intentions for His church is through His revealed Word.

How about you—what questions do you have? And what’s been your church experience? The fact is, experiences often shape our attitudes about the body of Christ. Those who’ve been hurt may become cynical. But others, who are blessed with a caring faith community that holds firmly to God’s Word, see it as a haven from which they draw strength.

As compelling as experiences and preferences are, the best way to truly understand Christ’s intentions for His church is through His revealed Word. After all, He is the head of His body (Col. 1:18), and He also walks among the various local churches, evaluating them with perfect accuracy and love (Revelation 1:20; Revelation 2:1-4).

This year, we’ll be exploring the mysteries of this amazing body called the church. It’s not an invention of man but of God. And therefore, its importance can’t be overrated. As we delve into what the Bible says about the church, I pray your questions will be answered, and you will come to love and appreciate it as something precious to Christ and essential for your spiritual development.

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18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

20 As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

1 To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this:

2 I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;

3 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name's sake, and have not grown weary.

4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

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