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The Wonders and Pitfalls of Church

The Holy Spirit recently gave Martha new zeal and vision for the Body of Christ, and that revelation moved through all of us here at Shulamite Ministries. Body life is meant to be a thing of wonder, a gathering of believers welcoming their Head, Jesus Christ Himself, into their midst. But there are pitfalls to watch out for as well.

The Pitfalls of Church

It isn’t uncommon to become enamored with the Body (church) at the expense of the Head (Jesus). In a series of current podcasts (Shulamite Podcast episodes #385 – #389), Martha shares her personal experience with churches who grew increasingly fixated on the fellowship, rather than the magnificent Son who originally drew them together. This is so easy to do! And it’s why the actual, personal Headship of Jesus Christ is so important.

Humanly we can – and will – be distracted and lose sight of the only One who really matters. You don’t have to look hard to find a place where ceremony and routine have replaced the unpredictability of the Holy Spirit, where worship sessions overshadow the original Source of worship itself, where principles take precedence over personal relationships with Jesus Christ, where human goodness and effort are espoused and the indwelling life of Christ has no practical reality. We are human, and this is what we do, but when we do it, we are missing out on the miraculous wonder of all that God can do – and will! – when He holds His rightful place as Head of His Body.

The Wonder of Church

There is no safer place in this world than the Body of Christ when Christ is actual Head. You have the great privilege of watching for other people’s souls, and you reap the reward of having others watch out for yours. Like the blood in our physical bodies carries nutrients and oxygen, the Blood of Christ moves through His Body, carrying revelation from one member to another. There is great joy and comfort and healing in the effortless unity that exists when Jesus Christ is Savior AND Lord of each person in the Body. The wonders are endless and the deep sense of truly belonging is worth every agony of the Cross that comes.

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