Christ: Christ is All in All #6

“Let’s Be the Church”

Paul’s words in Colossians 3:11 are the basis for the Church. Because Christ is Lord and universally present in everyone and everything, we can gather in his name, and he will be with us (Matthew 18:20). With Christ as the head, we are the Body of Christ. There is no finer understanding of the Church than this.

We are going through a seismic shift with respect to how the Church manifests itself inwardly and outwardly. Many familiar aspects are increasingly irrelevant and unnecessary. The institutional church is in an in-between time. Some things are passing away. New things are emerging, with much of the future remaining unseen.

But the center holds, for the center of the Church is Christ (Matthew 16:18). Whether we gather in a cathedral, condo, café, campground, or anywhere else, he is with us. When we connect Paul’s words with our vision of the Church, we recognize that our faith in it is because of Christ, not the form it takes. Because Christ is all and in all, we can say, “Let’s be the Church!”

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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