For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Sunday nights in August, from 6:30-8pm, we are sponsoring a city-wide Prayer and Praise Concert downtown in the Market area (outside Center in the Square).
Last Sunday was so powerful.
Pastor Steve Henderson led a Gospel Choir and band made up of members of 6 different churches! And we had pastors from many churches take part as well. It was so powerful to see white, black and Hispanic people all worshipping and praying together, seeking God’s face. The Gospel was clearly proclaimed, and we had more joy than anyone imagined!
Scott McLucas, pastor of Orchard Hills Church in Botetourt (our first church plant) gave a great exhortation. He asked the gathered (but mask wearing) worshippers how many churches were in the entire Roanoke Valley?? Being a fact junkie and a bit of a know it all, I raised my hand (actually WAVED and PUMPED my hand) to let him know I had the answer. Before I could spit it out, another worshipper shouted out, “Over 500!” Dang it, I knew that answer and he beat me to it!
Scott McLucas came back to the well-anticipated answer and said, “NO, there are not 500+ churches in the Roanoke Valley, there is ONE church in the Roanoke Valley!”
I think for the first time ever, I understood and could visually see that Scott was right. Roanoke is not one city with multiple churches. Roanoke is a city with many members but one Church, one Body of Christ! There truly is only one Church of Jesus Christ in the world . . . and who belongs? All who have placed their faith and trust in Him. So, it’s not CHS against First Baptist, against Dwelling Place, against Parkway Wesleyan, against Morning Star Baptist, against Elevation, against The Hill Church, etc.
The Scripture is clear that there is ONE church, and when we come to understand that and believe that, it will change how we live and how we do ministry!
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[a] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. –1 Corinthians 12