The Church Is The Building Of God by Rick Ferguson


Ephesians 2:19-22

I suspect that there is no institution on the
earth that has received more scorn and derision
than the church of Jesus Christ. She has been
ridiculed. persecuted and attacked relentlessly by
the forces of hell itself ever since the day our
Lord founded her. The church has experienced: the
rejection of other religious bodies of the world,
persecution and torture from the governments of the
world, scorn and laughter from the people of the
world and contempt from the philosophies of the
world. Few institutions have drawn more fire than
the church.

The average person on the street today views
the church as (1) a loosely organized benevolence
committee, (2) a building where formal weddings are
to be held or (3) a building where funerals for
respected citizens are held. What a tragically
cheap view this is of the church.

Many say the church is full of hypocrits and,
therefore, refuse to become a part of it. Ex.
Tony Presson, a 30-year old I recently buried, said
this about the church. He said the church was full
of hypocrits and he didn't want to come be a part
of them. That is as ridiculous a thought as a
cancer patient refusing to go to a cancer treatment
hospital because everyone there has cancer and he
doesn't want to become part of them.

However, after I read the Word of God I am
convinced that the church is the most important
institution on earth to which any of us can belong.
The church, in spite of all her imperfections and
faults, is a glorious. living organism. It alone
is responsible for the very survival of planet
earth these last 1900 years or so.

Copyright © 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson.
All rights reserved. No portion of this
document may be used in any form without
the written permission of the author. Bible
quotations are from the New International
Version unless otherwise indicated.

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The church is so great and glorious that I
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