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We Are The Church
By Debbie Porter

It was a song that immediately struck a resounding chord within the heart of every member of the congregation. It was lively, vibrant and such an affirmation of who we were, that it very quickly became a favorite.

Unfortunately, as is often the case with those songs that make it to "favorite" status, we just as quickly killed it through over use. However, the fact that we sang it into an early "grave" doesnít for one minute change the powerful, yet simple, truth of its proclamation Ö

"This is the church,
We are the church,
We are the bride of Christ;
The people of God
The light of the world,
Vessels of truth and life."

(This is the Church © Michael Battersby - 2000 Smart Productions)


What an amazing, miraculous and wonderful thing it is that God takes individual men, women and children from every walk of life and from every corner of the world, and unites us all together with Christ as this incredible living organism known as "the Church"!

Itís not about religion and itís not about denominational loyalties, even though at times our actions may seem to say otherwise. For although we may choose to express our worship in different ways and in different places, the reality is that the Christian faith is not represented by a multitude of different churches. It is, in fact, one church with a multitude of members who gather together in local congregations in order to worship and serve the Lord.

In the four years that Iíve been sharing my writing on-line, there have only ever been two people who have wanted to know what denomination I "belonged to". Even then, their interest was purely for the sake of curiosity. Although itís no great secret and I was quite happy to tell them, I have to admit that I actually find real pleasure in remaining denominationally ambiguous.

As much as I love the little congregation of believers in which the Lord has planted my family, it has to be said that my commitment and loyalty are not restricted to that one small group or even to the wider denomination generally. When we sing about being "the church", we are genuinely rejoicing with all our brothers and sisters in Christ, wherever they are and however they worship.

Yes, I am passionate about Jesus Christ and I am equally passionate about His Church. Iím looking forward to sharing with you each month, the joys, the trials, the laughter, the tears, the victories and the challenges that we all face as part of the Body of Christ, because as the Apostle Paul wrote, "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. " (1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV)

We were never meant to be in isolation from the vast majority of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Instead, Godís intention is for us to be a network of support for one another as we run this race together. In Hebrews 12:1, the writer encourages the people of God by saying that they are surrounded by a "great cloud of witnesses", referring to the lives of those men and women of faith who have gone before. The same is as true for us today, but we also have a wide world of witnesses, right here and now, who are cheering us on to the finish line.

Iíve got my pom-poms out for you, and I know that youíve got your pom-poms out for me!

So together letís choose to live each day in a "denominationally ambiguous" way and celebrate the wonderful privilege we have of being a precious and vital building block in this amazing, living thing we call the Church.


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