Topic: The Church
Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 1:18-23
18.I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19.and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
20.which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21.far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
22.And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,
23.which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
In Touch Daily Devotional 3 January 2022 | Monday Message
The church is one body, made of all believers in heaven and on earth. There are many denominations and approaches to theology, but Christians are united by a common message, mission, and motive.
Message. There are three parts of the church’s primary belief. First, man is sinful and unable to alleviate the penalty of sin. Next, Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay our debt, was buried, rose again, and ascended to heaven. Third, everyone will someday stand before God and give an account for his or her life. At that time believers will take responsibility for what they did with the truth they knew, but unbelievers will answer for their rejection of Jesus Christ.
Mission. The church is also united by its goal to spread the gospel around the world and teach new believers how to grow in faith (Matt. 28:19). We do this by telling others about the experiences we’ve had with God and His Word.
Motive. The church’s motive is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and to glorify God the Father. This should be the driving force behind everything a body of believers sets out to do.
Church is not a place where we go to hide from the world—our mission is to spread the gospel to glorify God. There will be varying levels of opposition and persecution, but we stand together as one body and persevere.
Bible in One Year: Genesis 8-11
Charles Stanley In Touch Daily Devotional 3 January 2022 | Monday. He is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God.