[ THE CHURCH ]

God’s heart has always been to relate to those He has created. Not demanding robotic obedience, but allowing free will response. The Church, is not bricks or mortar, but the gathering of those who have responded to the love of the Father, as shown through Jesus, the Son. Each individual with a personal conventional relationship, but gathered as one collective whole. Throughout this devotional our heart is that we will grow in our understanding of what The Church is from God’s perspective: A place of encounter, the House of God. A Body that moves and functions together with Jesus as the head. A Family adopted by The Father. A Bride in preparation, awaiting The Bridegroom’s return. Each life the Temple of The Holy Spirit made for personal, as well as corporate devotion. The most important thing to know as we journey together is that You Belong Here, not because of what you have or may one day contribute to the gathering, but solely because of the Life Blood of Jesus that has been poured out and offered as a sacrifice and payment for our sins, that distance us from a holy God.

 

 

 

Our prayer is that through these pages you will not only grow in understanding The Church, but take your place within this glorious gathering of sinners saved by grace, given a new name, a new hope, a glorious saviour King and a great commission. There is a place of belonging, healing and connection. You matter, you are valued and you have much gift within you to share with others. Let the journey begin…

THE CHURCH | DAY 21

AUTHOR : KAREN ADOPTED INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD Ephesians 1:3-6 In the creation narrative in Genesis 1 and 2, there is only one point where God looks at all He has made and claims it is not good, when the human Adam is alone in the garden (Genesis 2:18). Adam is...

THE CHURCH | DAY 20

AUTHOR : MICHELLE See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us his children and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognise that we are God’s children because they don’t know Him. 1 John 1:3 (NLT) God designed family. Family...

THE CHURCH | DAY 19

AUTHOR : TAMMIE Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints....

THE CHURCH | DAY 18

AUTHOR : MARK Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of Man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV) I love thinking, really thinking, and as I write this, I must acknowledge that I don’t do enough of...

THE CHURCH | DAY 17

AUTHOR : TIM When I was at school, teachers often asked me where did I see myself in 10 to 15 years’ time? I often spent time, particularly in French class, daydreaming of what career I’d choose or where I would live and who I would marry. Fifteen years later I still...

THE CHURCH | DAY 16

AUTHOR : DEREK WOW! ISN’T SHE BEAUTIFUL? STUNNING! Isaiah 61 As the music starts, I turn around to see her and for a moment I’m breathless, lost for eternity as I see my bride. This moment is the culmination of a pursuit, a proposal and a preparation. Spotless,...

THE CHURCH | DAY 15

AUTHOR : DAVE Jeremiah 3:31-34 In the secular world, the Church doesn’t have a reputation for being particularly beautiful. It’s not a new thing either.The children of Israel spent much of the Old Testament struggling to stay faithful to God, making and worshipping...

THE CHURCH | DAY 14

AUTHOR : JANICE Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others too. Philippians 2:4 (NIV) We all love a good super hero movie where he (or she) is always looking out for the interests of others and carrying people to safety. He gets up...

THE CHURCH | DAY 13

AUTHOR : MADDY Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. Psalm 133:1 (KJV) Psalm 133 begins with an exhortation to behold – that is, to take notice. What follows is important and deserves our attention. David draws our attention...

THE CHURCH | DAY 11

AUTHOR : ESTELLE DIFFERENT PEOPLE, SAME GOD For just as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body—though many—are one body, so too is Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether Jews or Greeks or slaves or...

THE CHURCH | DAY 10

AUTHOR : DAWN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR PIECE OF THE PUZZLE But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.1 Corinthians 12:18 (KJV) In February 2017, we celebrated 10 years of Green Pastures Church. I don’t know if you remember, but...

THE CHURCH | DAY 9

AUTHOR : HELEN 1 Corinthians 12:1-20 Each of the 40,000,000,000,000 (40 trillion) cells in your body are made up of exactly the same DNA. This chain of chemical building blocks that makes you unique carries specific sequences,- called genes - which are the...

THE CHURCH | DAY 8

AUTHOR : JACQUI DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD ‘He is the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the pre-eminence so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.’ Colossians 1:18 (NIV)...

THE CHURCH | DAY 7

AUTHOR : JOANNE LONGING TO BE A DOORKEEPER Psalm 84 Have you ever been in that position were you have longed for something? I mean really longed for it - it’s all you can think about and dream about. It takes over your thoughts and your emotions and sometimes, you can...

THE CHURCH | DAY 6

AUTHOR : LINDSAY It was the summer of 2014 and my husband and I had gone to Egypt on holidays. All was going great until day four when I took a stomach bug. I literally spent the rest of our holiday in the bathroom. My husband looked so healthy with his glowing tan,...

THE CHURCH | DAY 5

AUTHOR : STACEY John 4:1-42 The House of the Lord - the church. I know it well. I’ve fallen asleep under its chairs as a kid, I’ve grown up, age to age, sitting in its chairs, I’ve dropped silent tears in the fabric of its chairs, I’ve whispered faith and thank you in...

THE CHURCH | DAY 4

AUTHOR : TRACI Throughout the Bible, we read about the ‘House of the Lord’. We read that David desperately wanted to build a house for the Lord to dwell in. We read that when Solomon built the house of the Lord, no expense was spared and everything was done to...

THE CHURCH | DAY 3

AUTHOR : BROGAN I will bring them to my holy mountain and fill them with joy in my house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because my temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations. Isaiah 56:7 (NLT) The ‘them’ in this verse is...

THE CHURCH | DAY 2

AUTHOR : PASTOR JEFF WRIGHT Genesis 28:17 Jacob was a tricky character, the grandson of Abraham (the Father of Faith), and the son of Isaac (the promised son of Abraham). Jacob came from a strong lineage of those who had encountered God and believed, yet Jacob had not...

THE CHURCH | DAY 1

AUTHOR : OLGA From before the dawn of time, it has been the heart and intent of the Creator to be in a relationship with those He has created. Genesis gives a magnificent account of His capacity to speak into emptiness and call form into being, light from darkness,...


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