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Did you know that the first mention of the word Church in the Bible was in Matthew.16:13-19? When Jesus had a conversation with his disciples about who He was?
Peter had just given an astounding revelation of Him as the “Son of the living God!” Jesus replied him and said “… this truth of who I am will be the bedrock foundation on which I will build my CHURCH—my legislative assembly, and the power of death will not be able to overpower it!” (TPT)
What an amazing phenomenon the Church is.
In the Greek the word ‘church’ is translated: ekklesia, which means: out-calling, or assembly of called out ones. This means the church is the assembly of all people who have been called out of the world by God.
What makes you a part of the Church?
1 Corinthians 1:2 calls the Church saints. A people who have been sanctified (that is cleaned) in Christ Jesus.
The Church is a composition of the saints and that the saints are the constituents of the Church.The two are not separate. Individually, we are the saints; corporately, we are the Church .
The church is not a physical building; it is a group of people.
The people who are the Church are not simply a group of people who believe the same doctrines or have the same ideas and preferences. They are not even a group of people who have decided to meet together to worship God. No.
The people who compose the Church have been sanctified in Christ Jesus. They have been made holy. Not by attaining to a certain standard or fulfilling any outward rule or regulation but by receiving Christ Jesus through faith in Him!
When you receive Christ as your Savior, you are reborn with the divine, eternal life of God. This life, which is Jesus Christ Himself, is the sole qualification for your membership in the Church. There’s no other way.
It is not a club or an organization of like-minded individuals that people can join. It is not even a group of people who are knowledgeable about the Christian religion.
The church is the assembly of all the people from all of time who have believed in Christ and have received the life of God. It is only through this regeneration of life that we are born into the Church.
We are the church! You are the Church!
God gave Pastor David and Lydia Okpara a dream and a mandate to start Crestlife Believers’ Centre an end time assembly that will lift up Jesus and him alone.
To build the balanced life “The Jesus Centred Life”
This mandate is contained in Isaiah 11.
In Crestlife Believers’ Centre, those who do not believe in Jesus Christ have come to Him like a flood and scattered believers who are disgruntled have returned home to the obedience of the word of God as it says in Hebrews 10:23-25
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near”(RSV)
WE ARE BUILDING THE BALANCE LIFE
Our church communicates God’s Word through evangelism. We are ambassadors for Christ and believe it is our responsibility to share the Good News wherever we go. Infact, evangelism is more than our responsibility; It is our great privilege. As long as there is one person in the world who doesn’t know Christ, our church will continue to reach out
Our church incorporates God’s family into our fellowship. We provide a warm, authentic community, welcoming new believers into the body of Christ through baptism. Being in God’s family means we are not alone; we have each other for support. You weren’t just meant to believe; you were made to belong.
Our church demonstrates God’s love through ministry or service. Ministry is showing God’s love to others by meeting their needs and healing their hurts in the name of Jesus. We believe the church is to minister to all kinds of needs: spiritual, emotional, relational and physical. Every time you reach out in love to someone else, you are ministering to them.
Our church educates God’s people through discipleship. After someone has made a decision for Christ, it is our responsibility to develop them to spiritual maturity, teaching them to obey Christ and become more like him in their thoughts, feelings, and actions. this is God’s will for every believer.
Our church celebrates God’s presence in worship. It doesn’t matter if we’re by ourselves, with a small group, or with 100,000 people; any time we express our love to God, we’re worshiping. We believe worship shouldn’t be a religious duty. We worship God because we want to magnify and exalt his name.
We hold to the Bible as God’s inerrant, authoritative Word. Each week, our Sunday School and other groups study and discuss the Bible, the sermons give scriptural reasons for Christian faith and practice, and even the songs proclaim biblical truth.
God has granted an incredible privilege – the ability to approach Him in prayer at any time, for any reason. We go through studies and books on prayer, we maintain a weekly list of prayer requests, we pray together and separately, and we engage in a variety of prayer focuses and challenges.
The Christian life was not meant to be lived alone, and so we work to build genuine relationships with one another and with the community around us. We strive to “bear one another’s burdens” by praying for, connecting with, and supporting one another.