Dr. Ergun Caner gave the message last night at Shadow Mountain. I love God’s sense of timing because Dr. Caner defended the Bride of Christ, the Church, which many make their living destroying (yes, I stole that last bit from last night).
Real Church is described in Mark chapter 2, with the story of the four guys who love their friend so much, and have so much complete faith in Jesus Christ, that they lift their friend to the rooftop where Jesus is teaching, rip the roof off the place, and lower their friend’s mat down to Jesus feet. “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
Besides being one of my two favorite stories in the bible, Dr. Caner gave some truths that are illustrated by it. And here’s what a real church is all about:
– The crowd was gathered and Jesus was in the midst. Jesus is in the midst of church.
– He preached the Word to them. The Word preached the word.
– People brought their loved ones to the feet of Jesus. A real church is full of believers who trust their lives to Jesus Christ.
And finally, in a real church, people complain! See Mark 2:6-7
Finally, Dr. Caner mentioned that “warriors make church.” Warriors never take credit, and warriors never take no for an answer. The four friends in Mark were never named. We don’t know who they were except that they were good friends. We know that when they couldn’t get their friend inside the room to Jesus through the front door, they went to the roof and took the roof apart so they could get their friend to Christ, and to healing.
Real church starts in your heart. Real church lives in your heart. Members of a real church regularly gather together. It’s that simple. If you can’t find it, keep looking, and quit expecting real church to magically come to you.