A Reason Why the Church Matters
The worth of an object is measured by the price one is willing to pay for that object. Therefore, value is not arrived at by consensus. If even one buyer agrees to pay the price, his or her willingness establishes an item’s value.
Consider the value of the Church. By “Church” (with a capital “C”) I mean the people who follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. What is the value of Christ’s Church?
The apostle Paul answered this question as he was addressing some church leaders. Paul described the Church as that which Jesus purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28). The apostle was obviously referring to the sacrifice the Lord Jesus made on behalf of sinners. And those sinners who laid down their sin to follow the Lord became His Church.
In Paul’s words, we learn the value of Christ’s Church. It is an estimation of high worth. Believers in Jesus Christ are those who have been redeemed or purchased by God with God’s own blood. And Jesus is the only One willing to pay that price!
Does the Church matter? It certainly does. Its value comes not from the world or from any self-righteousness of individual believers. The value of Christ’s Church is set by God Himself.
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Randy Weddle is the pastor of Community Church of Mooresville, Indiana and Mount Pleasant Christian Church, Monrovia Indiana