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“Also give my greetings to the church that meets in their home” (Romans 16:5 NLT).

From: August 2, 2019

THE CHURCH IS THE PEOPLE NOT THE STEEPLE

In Paul’s letter to the Roman believers, he gave greetings to the church that met in the home of Aquila and Priscilla. In those days there were no church buildings, so the church met in homes or in public meeting facilities, such as the Hall of Tyrannus in Ephesus (Acts 19:9-10).
 
Paul had met Aquila and Priscilla in the city of Corinth on his second missionary journey. They were Jewish tentmakers who had moved from Rome to Corinth after Claudius Caesar deported the Jews (Acts 18:1-3). Paul, who also knew the tentmaking trade, lived and worked with them in Corinth, where they became his disciples and life-long friends. Apparently, after the death of Claudius, Aquila and Priscilla had returned to their home in Rome. It was to this couple, and to the church that met in their home, that Paul sent greetings.
 
The church is the people, not the steeple. As followers of Christ, we don’t go to church. We are the church. If we will be the church, Christ will build the church.
 
PRAYER: Father, thank You for grafting us into the body of Christ, which is the church. Fill us afresh with Your Holy Spirit that we might glorify You today. We begin our day and desire to fill and end our day in continuous worship. For we are the church, the temple where You have chosen to abide. We surrender our bodies afresh to You as living sacrifices. Lead, guide and direct us to Your service today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war.” (Proverbs 20:18 ESV)

From: August 2, 2016

Do you seek wise counsel before making plans? No matter how wise you may be, there is always much to be learned from another’s perspective. We all have blind spots, so we need others to enlarge our vision. These counselors should not to be mere ‘yes’ men, agreeing with us. They are to be wise in the biblical sense and willing to disagree and confront. Having sought out wise advice, be sure to be humble enough to follow it.

[Pray] “that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you” (Romans 15:32 NKJV)

From: August 2, 2015

In Paul’s closing remarks to the church in Rome, he shared his prayer that the Lord allow him to visit them. He prayed that he might come to them with joy so that both might be mutually refreshed. There is an encouragement that refreshes us when we fellowship with other believers in the joy of the Lord. We have had this prayer answered as we visited our brothers and sisters in London this past week. It had been our heart’s desire for some time to visit and know this mutual refreshment. And God finally made it possible. Do you know this fellowship that refreshes?

“Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice” (Proverbs 20:18)

From: August 2, 2012

Do you seek wise counsel before making plans? No matter how wise the leader there is always much to be learned from another’s perspective. We all have blind spots, so we need others to enlarge our vision. These counselors are not to be mere ‘yes’ men agreeing with us. They are to be wise in the biblical sense. Having heard wise advice, be humble enough to follow it.