Please give my greetings to our brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church that meets in her house.
After you have read this letter, pass it on to the church at Laodicea so they can read it, too. And you should read the letter I wrote to them.
Colossians 4:15-16 NLT
The gathering of God’s people for God
Most people would think of a church as a building but it is clear from the bible text that a church is the people who meets or come together to fellowship in the building.
In other words a church is not the physical structure of bricks and mortar but consists of the people who are spiritually connected to Jesus and to one another.
Nympha had a church meet in her house. The house was the physical structure, the church were the people who met there to worship God and share His life with each other for mutual support and encouragement.
Nympha is only one of several persons in the new testament who had a church meet in their house.
For example there is Priscilla and Aquila (Rom.16:3-5) and Philemon of whom it is said that, “the church that meets in your home” (Phm.1:1-2).
From these passages we may therefore say that a church is a local gathering of people who are united together by their faith in Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord.
It is not limited to rich or poor, male or female, young or old, black or white but open to all who confess the name of Jesus and desire to follow Him (Gal.3:28).
One time when Jesus was eating with them, he told them not to leave Jerusalem. He said, Wait here until you receive what the Father promised to send. Remember, I told you about it before.
Acts 1:4 ERV
- We must meet together because Jesus Christ commanded it.
- To worship and praise God.
- We meet together to wait for His promise.
- Where two or three people are gathered in His name, there He is.
- It is a time to share in the joy of the Lord for in His presence there’s fullness of joy.
We must not quit meeting together, as some are doing. No, we need to keep on encouraging each other. This becomes more and more important as you see the Day getting closer.
Hebrews 10:25 ERV
- We meet together to fellowship and to encourage one another.
- We meet together in order to meet the needs of our brethren.
- We meet to hear and get instructions from God.
- Meeting together brings about transformation and renewal of the mind.
- Meeting together is important because Jesus Christ is returning soon.
So when next the word church comes up, remember it isn’t the building, but You and I.
Sending you love and blessings for a wonderful week ahead,