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Part 1

Pretty-Church

This is part 2 in looking at the images and analogies the Bible gives in describing the church.  We are looking at these motif to draw out the implications for readers to see the importance of the church in our own lives in light of how important the church is in God’s eyes.

God sees the church as a body

  1. Proof
    1. The Bible describe Christ relationship to the Church as head to the body
      1. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” (Colossians 1:18)
        1. As the head Christ controls the rest of the church which is His body.
        2. Note also how this analogy drives Paul to suffer for the church (Colossians 1:24)
      2. Other passages: Ephesians 1:23, 2:15.
  2. Picture: Health is important; today’s fitness industry reveals our culture’s obsession with being fit:
    1. “The IHRSA also reported that the total revenue in the fitness industry reached $21.8 billion in 2012.[xv]  This is a significant increase from the $20.3 billion made in 2010 by the industry.[xvi]  Since 2008, health club memberships rose by 10%, while the number of non-member patrons also increased by 5%.[xvii] This particular number went up from 7.7 million patrons in 2008 to 8.3 in 2012. [xviii][1]
    2. Another website noted that there’s 29, 501 businesses with 573,328 people working in this industry.[2]
    3. “…over 60% of Americans regularly participate in fitness sports as of 2012.[xix] This is the fifth consecutive year in which these numbers have remained stable at 60% or more[xx]. This goes to show that the fitness trend is not going away soon in America and the fitness industry is only going to grow stronger each year. All in all, fitness is a profitable industry in the US and the numbers will only continue to rise.”[3]
  1. Practice
    1. If people are willing to go all out to take care of God’s temple that the Lord has given them how more so should they care and prioritize the church, the body of Christ! Do you value the body of Christ?
    2. In the end it comes down to the issue of love because that’s what can sustain you to be selfless and sacrificial for imperfect people in the church; do you have the Love of God in your life?
    3. Practice your spiritual gifts (Romans 12:4-5)!
    4. Don’t treat the church as a bad gym membership: You go once a year, merely to pay your dues.
    5. Become a member: “because we are members of His body” (Ephesians 5:30); explanation of church membership class.

[1] http://blog.gyminsight.com/2013/05/most-current-fitness-industry-statistics/

[2] http://www.ibisworld.com/industry/default.aspx?indid=1655

[3] http://blog.gyminsight.com/2013/05/most-current-fitness-industry-statistics/

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