A Spiritual Community
How You Would Go About Forming a Local Believing
How You Would Go About Forming A Local Church as a
How You Would Mold a Local Group of Believers into a
How You Would Create a Local Group of Believers into a
How You Would Go About Forming a Local Believing
God's formation of His people into spiritual communion is
known through various expressions in the New Testament.
Jesus referred to “kingdom” of God, implying
God's reign. While God is king, Jesus has full authority
at His right side. Those born of water and the Spirit form
part of the spiritual realm. The community is otherwise
expressed as body, family and temple. New Testament
employs over 50 major and minor images. Indicating
different facets of same divine institutions of which most
well known term is “kingdom” and most often
used term in Epistles is that of “church”.
As a believing community, the church serves to witness
faith in Christ. Members are distinguished by convictions
and behavior. As people of faith, they remain firm despite
ridicule and persecution, remaining steadfast in spite of
sickness and hardship. Temptations are resisted as are
immorality and intimidation. Through acceptance of Biblical
revelation its members hold firm confidence in God and in
Lordship of Jesus Christ., summarily entrusting their lives
to the Lord.
Thus, in order to organize a group of Christians into a
“church”, certain criteria should be adhered to
in order to ensure that the local group is distinguished as
a believing community.
To place one's trust in God's truth a believer is one who
takes God at His Word and trusts in Him for Salvation.
Mere assent to God's truth is not saving faith, according
to the Bible (John 8:31-46; James 2:14-26). Neither is
total commitment of oneself to Jesus as Lord a form of
A belief that saves is one that rests in finished work of
Christ; it trusts God alone for salvation (John 3:16).
Believers are those who trusted God with their will as
well as their mind. (Rom. 1:16; 3:22; 1 Thess. 1:7.
It is incomprehensible that a finite mortal can describe
the power of our Creator or the ability of our infinite God
in all things. Such description would be vastly
inadequate, for God is so powerful and great and vast that
our minds cannot take it all in.
God revealed Himself in His Book, the Bible, adequately
enough to give us a vast unfolding idea of His power to do
ANYTHING thought by man as impossible! He created our
world and hung it out in space by His sustaining power. He
has been replenishing our earth's need in spite of the
destructive powers of both Satan and man. Some glimpses
may be taken into God's Word concerning His revelation of
His absolute unlimited power.
We must all meet God. The question of preparedness
involves happiness of misery for all eternity If the
answer is, “No, I am not” or “I am not
sure”, condition should be carefully considered. God
says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned everyone to his own way.” (Isaiah 53:6). The
condition of a stray sheep is being lost. The truth of
God's Word must be admitted and its meaning considered.
But the good news in the last half of Isaiah 53:6 should
be noticed: “The Lord have laid on Him the iniquity
of us all. All sin was laid on Jesus at the cross on
Calvary: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of
God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”
(Romans 3:23). Christ Jesus died in our place. “He
put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Hebrew
9:26). Those who receive Christ receive eternal life.
Those who do not receive Him will never see eternal life,
but will suffer punishment forever. Decision on receiving
This Saviour implies those who do are forgiven, cleansed
from sin and forever protected by His shed blood.
Jesus said, “He that heareth my Word and believeth
on Him that sent me, hath eternal life and cometh not into
judgement, but hath passes out of death unto life”.
(John 5:24, A.S.V.) The cross stands forever between
death and judgment for those who believe on the Lord Jesus
Christ. All who “believe” have eternal life
and are saved. There are only two ways. If Christ has not
been accepted as Saviour, hell is destiny. But there is
the Way of Life through Christ which leads to heaven.
Remaining on the “broad way” would be due to a
person choosing to stay there.
God's Word comes from above and indeed is helpful to hearts
that hunger and thirst after righteousness. When a person
repents, forsakes sin, invites the Lord Jesus Christ to
dwell in his heart and believes with all his heart on the
Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the Lord will manifest Himself
to impart His own peace and joy in the believer's heart.
Members of the community should be urged to surrender to
Him as Savior and Lord Now if this has not been done
Forty days after Jesus rose from the dead He ascended back
into Heaven. Jesus had come into the world, took upon
Himself the sins of the world on the cross, was raised from
the dead and returned to glory.
The Bible contains loving instructions from God. If the
Bible's teaching is applied, great benefit will follow if
one's life is harmonized with standards as set out in the
Applying God's Word will contribute to happiness, inner
peace, contentment and hope, helping us to cultivate such
appealing qualities as compassion, love, joy, peace,
kindness and faith, such qualities which make a better
husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter,
assisting in forming a holy community.
As the Bible may be found hard to understand, place in the
Bible to find answers to questions should be indicated to
help in understanding God's Word.
Usually it is best to study the Bible progressively,
beginning with basic teachings and then learning deeper
truths from the Bible as authority.
Bible study can be arranged at convenient time and place,
at home or on the phone to tailor personal circumstances,
including level of knowledge and education. Family and
friends can share in discussion, with time set aside to
regularly study the Bible.
How we achieve to believe and how we look at life is
affected by what we experience as well as our hopes. What
concerns each of us is to be believing and faithful, as
stewards of the glorious good news of God's kingdom.
Diligence in proclaiming God's good news to all we meet
helps to keep us in line for life while instilling belief
in others. As time and unforeseen occurrences befall us
all; to counteract unnecessary anxieties caused by life's
uncertainty, the glorious hope of the resurrection should
be held fast.
Loyal Christians accept the Bible as a Book verbally
inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16). The word; inspired; literally means
;God-breathed; and, as such, is the strong,
conscious, in-breathing of God into the minds of human
writers, thus qualifying them to put into circulation the
Inpiration and belief is attained be God speaking through
men and the Bible is therefore just as much the Word of God
as if He spoke every word of it with His own lips. 2 Peter
1:21 says that holy men of God spoke as they were moved by
the Holy Spirit. Belief can be attained by the full verbal,
plenary inspiration of the Bible, as every part of the
Scripture is inspired by God.
Anyone who studies the Bible and believes its contents and
sincerely accepts the Christ whom it reveals will
experience a complete change of life. The teachings of
only this Book have the power to make bad people good,
completely changing their nature, thus forming a local
The Bible changes and transforms the lives of people, so
how can King and Saviour be renounced? The testimony of
the Bible's transformation of life is the outgrowth of an
experience with the Christ who is revealed within the pages
of the Bible. Certainly a Book that lifts men and women up
to God like the Bible does, must have come down from God!
The message of the Bible should be taken seriously in order
to establish belief, as when this life is over we will
stand before God and the Bible will be the textbook of
Heaven. Jesus says in John 12:48: “The word that I
have spoken, the same shall judge him on the last
How You Would Go about Forming a Local Church as a
God adds people to divine entity of church as they are
baptized (Act 2:41). On earth, the church is organized
with Christ as head (Ephesians 1:22-23). In due course
each local congregation has elders or shepherds. These men
are spiritual as indicated by qualities laid out for them
(1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9). The spiritual flock is
attended to by these shepherds, being Christ within
congregation (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5).. Although they are
not overlords (1 Peter 5:1-4) they do care for members of
the community as Christ does. Thus characteristics of a
spiritual community can be summarized as as a believing and
proclaiming community, holy and worshiping community,
community of compassion and encouragement.
By referring to church as believing and proclaiming
community Christ is recognized as foundation on which those
who have faith in Him become building blocks.
As a proclaiming community, the church serves as divine
creation set for announcing acts of God. Twin objectives
of gospel proclaimed or redemption of mankind and glory of
God. The faith, endeared by the community, is proclaimed
via words, character and conduct of individual believers.
Likewise, other members of the body should be positively
encouraged in order to proclaim the gospel.
The church is defined as local assembly of believers as
well as the redeemed of all ages who follow Jesus Christ as
Saviour and Lord. In the four gospels of the New
Testament, the term church is found only in Matthew 16:18
and 18:17. This scarcity of usage in these books that
report on the life and ministry of Jesus is perhaps best
explained by the fact that that church as the body of
Christ did not begin until the day of Pentecost and after
the ascension of Jesus (Act 2:1-4).
The Greek word for church is;ekklesia. This
word is used 115 times in the New Testament, mostly in the
Book of Acts and the writings of the apostle Paul and the
general epistles. At least 92 times this word refers to a
local congregation. The other references are to the church
general, or all believers everywhere for all ages. The
greatest emphasis in the New Testament is placed upon the
idea of the local church. The local church is the visible
operation of the church general in a given time and place.
When the church general is implied, “church refers to
all those who follow Christ, without respect to loyalty and
time. The most general reference to the church occurs in
Ephesians 1:22; 3:10-21; 5:23-32. Since the church
generally refers to believers of all ages, it will not be
complete until after the judgments and the assembly of all
the redeemed in one place will become a reality only after
the return of Christ. (Heb. 12:23; Rev. 21-22)
Speaking to His followers after His resurrection, Jesus
commissioned the church to make disciples and teach them
what He had taught. (Matt. 28:16-20). The Book of Acts is
the story of the early church's struggle to be loyal to
this commission. Christ, through the presence of the Holy
Spirit, continued to direct His church as it carried out
At first, church organization was flexible to meet changing
needs. As the church became more established, however,
church officers came into existence. These include the
apostles; bishops; elders; evangelists; ministers; prophets
or teachers; deacons and deaconesses. Although church
organization varies from denomination to denomination
today, the pattern and purpose of the New Testament remain
a model for churches as they pursue their mission in the
We read in Romans 3:10, “There is no one righteous,
not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who
seeks God. All have turned away, they have all become
worthless; there is no one who does good, not even
one.” In order to be saved, Jesus should be accepted
as personal Saviour by praying: Dear Jesus, I
confess that I am a sinner and that I am lost. Be merciful
and please forgive all my sins and save my soul, I
acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God who died for my
sins. I call upon your Name to be saved from my sin and
unrighteousness. I invite you to come into my life as I
open the door of my heart for you. I accept you as my
personal Saviour and Redeemer. Thank you for saving my
precious soul. John 1:12; Yet to all who
received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave
the right to become children of God; 1 John 1:9 ;
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and
will forgive our sins and purify us from all
Teaching Christ's Body is a great privilege and
responsibility. As a relationship with God develops,
closeness to and knowledge of God will increase. By
joining a proclaiming community character is built and
relationship with God is strengthened, to proclaim His name
more effectively. Ideally people should rise up in the
Body of Christ qualified, equipped and mature, ready to
fulfill the ministry as per God orders. Forming a church
into a proclaiming community requires faithfulness and
dedication in order to reap eternal rewards.
The message of love that fills our hearts should be
proclaimed ascertaining fruit to be beared. The message of
the fruit of God's love should be proclaimed of which we
are reminded daily. Thus we are helped to live in the love
of Christ, encouraged to proclaim the well known word of
Paul about love in Corinthians. By proclaiming the massage
of God this may be enjoyed and lived in all corners of the
By proclaiming Christ's light can shine so brightly to
contribute to elation, so that more may follow the path of
His guiding light and assuring others by proclaiming when
it is so desperately needed. The Holy Scriptures provide a
basis for accurate knowledge of God's will. In all parts
of the earth people should be helped to learn about the
true God in order to live forever in peace in His new
10.How would you mold a local group of believers into a
The concept of the church as holy, worshiping community
portrays sacred nature. The church is for holy living and
praise of God. As a holy community, the church is a
manifestation of God's image among us.
It is imperative that the unbelieving world observes the
church as a holy community. Thus, although
its members live in the world, they refrain from
participating in evil schemes, underhanded deals, or greedy
power plays, being fair, honest and reliable while
refraining from indulgences reflecting badly on themselves
and other believers and stay away from places of ill
repute. While their conversation is pure and noble in
behavior, they are not observed to be unruly or rebellious.
In organizing a local body of believers, holiness or
spirituality would be encouraged in various ways.
Holy denotes moral and ethical wholeness/perfection;
freedom from moral evil. Holiness is one of the essential
elements of God's nature required of His people.
The Hebrew word for holy denotes that which
is sanctified or set apart; for
While holy; is sometimes used in a ceremonial
sense, the main use is to describe God's righteous nature
of the ethical righteousness demanded of His followers.
(Is. 1: 10-16). Originating in God's nature, holiness is a
unique quality of His character. The Bible emphasizes this
divine attribute;Who shall not fear You, O Lord...
For You alone are holy (Lev. 19:2).
Jesus was the personification of holiness; He reinforced
God's commands for holiness by insisting that His disciples
have a higher quality and degree of righteousness than that
of the scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 5:20). Like Amos and
Hosea, Jesus appealed for more than ceremonial holiness:
“I desire mercy and did not sacrifice” (Hos.
6:6; Matt 12:7).
The theme of sanctification, of growing into God's likeness
and being consecrated for His use is prominent throughout
the Bible. Like Jesus, the apostles taught that
sanctification, or true holiness, expressed itself in
patient and loving service while waiting for the Lord's
As an attempt to read the Bible may prove it difficult to
understand, looking in the Bible may not always provide
answers to questions. All need help in understanding God's
Word. Usually, it is best to study the Bible
progressively, beginning with basic teaching and taking
more solid food; or deeper truths upon
continuation. Bible study can be arranged at a convenient
time and place. Study may also be conducted in the privacy
of the own home or over the telephone or Internet, e-mail,
forums, discussion groups or chat rooms. Such Bible study
can be offered to people of all religions and those who
practice no religion, but are sincerely interested in
increasing their knowledge of God's Word. The entire
family can share in the discussion as can any invited
friends also share, or even a discussion with just one
other person or initially individual Bible Study. An hour
may be set aside each week to study the Bible and depending
on personal circumstances, more time or, if limited, less
time initially may be spent every week.
A person's heart must be proved by the promises of God
regarding life in His new world of righteousness. And
while some may consider the realizing of such blessings too
good to come true, they are not too good to come true from
the hands of our loving Creator.
Of course, there are requirements to be met if we are to
live forever in the coming Paradise on earth. Taking in
knowledge of God and Jesus Christ can lead to everlasting
So, in order to live in a holy community, we must first
learn God's will and then do it. For, although this world
may pass away, the will of God remains forever for us to
enjoy eternally the blessings to be showered down by our
All power is given to me in heaven and on earth, go
then and make all nations my disciples, baptizing them in
the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit and
teaching them to obey all things I have commanded.
A person's heart must be moved by the promises of God
regarding life in His new world of righteousness. There
are requirements to be met if we are to live forever in the
coming Paradise on earth, Taking in knowledge of God leads
to eternal life. So, in order to become a holy community,
God's will must be learned and then done. For this is a
fact that this world is passing away and so its desires,
but he that does the will of God remains forever, to enjoy
the eternal blessing showered down by our loving Creator.
How we can start on the way to heaven:
1. Turn away from you sins and believe the Good
News. (Mark 1:15)
2. Come to the Lord Jesus Christ, in prayers just as you are
with your load of sin and ask Him to forgive you. He says,
I will never turn away anyone who comes to
me. (John 6:37). Come to me, all of you who
are tired of carrying heavy loads, and I will give you
rest. (Matt. 11:28).
3. Believe in Christ alone for your deliverance from sin.
The blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from every
sin. (1 John 1:7)
4. He will give you a new life... eternal life. Christ
said;Whoever hears my Word and believes in Him who
sent me has eternal life. (John 5:24);When
anyone is joined to Christ, he is a new being, the old is
gone, the new has come.
5. You will have peace in your heart; Now that we
have been put right with God through faith, we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:11);
The testimony is this: God has given us eternal
life, and this life has its source in His Son. Whoever has
the Son has this life; whoever does not have the Son of God
does not have life. I am writing this to you so that you
may know that you have eternal life; you that
believe in the Son of God. (1 John 5:11-13).
How to live the new life
1. Read the Bible every day. Besides being a light for our
way, it is food for the soul. Be like new-born
babies, always thirsty for the pure spiritual milk, so that
by drinking it you may grow up. (1 Pet. 2:2). Ask
God to guide and teach you by His Holy Spirit, as you need.
2. Come near to God in prayer every day, praying in the name
of Jesus. Don't worry about anything, but in your
prayers ask God for what you need, always asking Him with a
thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human
understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in
union with Christ Jesus. (Mark 5:19)
3. Speak to others about Christ; Go back to your
family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and
how kind he has been to you. (Mark 5:19)
4. In temptation call on the Lord. He can help those
who are tempted for He Himself has suffered. (Heb. 2:18).
5. If you do sin again, confess it quickly to God;
But if we confess our sins to God, He will keep
His promise and do what is right: He will forgive us our
sins and purify us from wrongdoing. (1 John 1:9)
6. Try to associate with the other believers in the Lord
Jesus Christ. My commandment is this: love one
another, just as I love you. (John 15:12)
7. Always obey God;Whoever loves me, will obey my
teaching. (John 14:23)
8. Do not be afraid, for Christ is with you; I will
never leave you; I will never abandon you. (Heb.
9. Give yourself completely to the Lord Jesus Christ, Let
Him direct your life according to His will. In this way
you will find true happiness.
God's promise to us:
And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires
and will put a new spirit in you. (Ezekiel 36:26)
10. How would you create a local group of believers into a
As a worshiping community, the church is called to offer
devotion to God and service to men.
The nature of Christian faith is revealed by Christian
worship. As Christians are reverent, praise is expressed
with joy. Frivolous pettiness is left aside and a
wholesome attitude is declared to the world. Even
political leaders are prayed for.
Given the circumstances in my local community, the group
could assemble to worship on premises rented for this
purpose, or within parameters of existing establishment,
such as old age home, etc. or even in the open air, or
utilizing infrastructure of existing or developing church
or place of worship. I would plan the worship with respect
to the Lord's supper, singing, scripture reading and
comments, financial offerings and prayers as follows:
7.30 HOLY COMMUNION
Readings: 2 Sameul 5:1-5;
Collosian 1:11-20; St Joh 12:9-19
Introit Hymn: 546
Gospel Hymn: 433
Collect: pg. 288
Reading: 2 Sameul 5:1-5
Offertory Hymn: 411
Reading Colossians 1:11-20
Eucharist Prayer: 1st
Canticle No. : 17
Communion Hymns: 519, 505,503
Gospel St. John 12: 9-19
Recessional Hymn: 609
11. HOLY COMMUNION
Readings 2 Sameul 5:1-5, St
Hymns 558, 433, 467, 530
Worship refers to revered devotion and allegiance pledged
to God; the rituals or ceremonies by which this reverence
is expressed. The English word; worship; comes
from the Old English word worship, a word that denotes the
worshiper of one receives the special honor of devotion.
In Old Testament times, Abraham built altars to the Lord
and called on His name (Gen.12:8, 13:18). This worship of
God requires no elaborate priesthood or ritual. After
God's appearance to Moses the deliverance of the Israelites
from slavery in Egypt, the foundations of Israelite rituals
were laid. This worship took place in the light of
history, especially the Exodus of the Hebrew people from
Egypt. Through Moses, God established the form and
principle of Israelite worship. (Ex. 25-31,35-40).
After the occupation of the Promised Land, Israel's
exposure to Canaanite worship affected the nation's own
worship. The Old Testament reveals clearly that Israel
adopted some of the practices of the pagan people around
them. At various times God's people lapsed into idolatry.
Some idols were placed on pedestals and sometimes they
were adorned with silver chains (Is. 10:19) or fastened
with pegs lest they totter and fall (Is. 41:7). Shrines and
altars were sometimes erected to the pagan gods. But such
idolatry was condemned by God and His special spokesmen,
the prophets of the Old Testament.
New Testament worship was characterized by joy and
thanksgiving, because of God's gracious redemption in
Christ. This early Christian worship focused on God's
saving work in Jesus Christ. True worship was that which
occurred under the inspiration of God's spirit. (John 4:
The Jewish Sabbath was quickly replaced among Christians by
the first day of the week as the time for public worship
(Acts 20:7;1 Cor.16:2); it was called the Lord's Day. (Rev.
1:10) This was the occasion for celebration of the birth
of Jesus, since he arose on the first day of the week(Mark
At first, worship services were conducted in private
houses. Possibly, for a time, the first Christians,
worshiped in the synagogues as well as private homes. Some
scholars believe the Jewish Christians would go to the
synagogue on Saturday and to their own meeting on Sunday.
Many early Christians of Jewish background continued to
follow the law and customs of their people. They observed
the Sabbath and the Jewish holy days, such as the great
annual festivals. However, the apostle Paul held himself
free from any obligation to observe them in his coverts
(Col. 2:16). The New Testament itself contains no
references to early Christian festivals.
Although the New Testament does not instruct worshipers in
a specific procedure to follow in their services, several
elements appear regularly in the worship practices of the
Prayer apparently had a leading place in Christian worship.
The letters of Paul regularly opened with references to
prayers for fellow Christians who are instructed to pray
for cleansing. (1 Thess.5:17). Praise, either by
individuals or by hymn songs in common, reflect the
frequent use of psalms in the synagogue. Also, possible
fragments of Christian hymns appear scattered through the
New Testament (Act 4:24-30; Eph. 5:14; 1 Tim. 3:16); Rev.
Lessons from the Bible to be read and studied were another
part of the worship procedure of the New Testament church.
Emphasis was probably given to the messianic prophecies
that had been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. His teachings
also received a principle place.
Prophecy, inspired preaching by one filled with the Holy
Spirit, helped build up the church, the body of Christ (Ro.
12:6). Contributions were also collected on the first day
of each week (1 Cor. 16:2).
After winter comes spring and summer. The winter of our
life is when we don't walk with Jesus. When we don't know
Him, we try to heal all the hurt, loneliness, anger,
resentment, hate and regret in our own way, but don't know
how to deal with it.
The good news is Jesus already did deal with it 2006 years
ago on a cross. He died in our place. Then our Heavenly
Father God raised Jesus, so that now we can live through
Jesus said;I am the truth and the life. No-one
comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6).
When we accept Jesus as the son of God, that He died in
our place, for our sins, that is when we receive our
healing and we experience how Jesus deals with all our
That is when we enter the springtime of our lives. That is
when we receive through Jesus, a new heart and right
desires, that is when Jesus gives a new spirit that is
born-again as the Holy Spirit honors and takes up residence
in the human heart.
Now there is no more need to struggle with the old
problems, being victorious over them with Jesus. In Jesus'
name, through His strength any problem can be overcome.
Jesus said;Come to Me, all you who are weary and
heavy laden and I will give you rest; This is
summertime, leaning on Jesus, fixing eyes on Him and
allowing Him to deal with mistakes, hurt and anger.
In order to form a worshiping community, all you have to do
to receive Jesus into your life is ask Him;Jesus, I
ask you to come into my life, give me a new heart and Your
desires and put Your spirit in me. Forgive me for all the
wrongs I did and choose to forgive those who did wrong
against me. I give my life in your hands and ask you to
deal with it. Amen.
...I am making EVERYTHING NEW...; Rev. 21:04.
God grants hope of rebuilding a new future by healing,
blessing and granting a new life, even where hope was lost.
The Bible not only teaches about life, but also shows how
to come into a personal relationship with the very God who
inspired this Book in order to understand, discover and
deepen personal relationship with God. Some of the
essential Christian character traits that are developed and
nurtured by personal relations with Jesus Christ are love,
forgiveness, purity, honesty, wisdom, peace and joy.
Next to personally knowing Jesus and walking with Him, one
of the greatest blessings of the Christian life is to
actually lead someone to Jesus Christ. The Good News is
that God wants to use you; not just pastors,
missionaries and evangelists - as His instrument to speak
Jesus gave us this very command in Mark 16:15, where He
says;Go into all the world and preach the Good News
to everyone, everywhere; This wonderful charge is
known as the great community commission. Sharing our faith
is something that Jesus wants and commands us to do. Peter
3:15-16 tells us to be ready, to give an answer to anyone
who asks us about the hope we have in Jesus. No training
is required to share, be open to God's leading, know God's
Word, understand the simplicity of the gospel and share
your own story.