THREE BASIC THINGS ABOUT THE REAL BODY OF CHRIST, Culled From Dipo Toby Alakija Illustrative Sermon Book Titled: “The Two Routes To Eternal Destinatio


THREE BASIC THINGS ABOUT THE REAL BODY OF CHRIST, Culled From Dipo Toby Alakija Illustrative Sermon Book Titled: “The Two Routes To Eternal Destination.
A non-Christian but religious elderly woman was constantly lonely even though she was influential enough to have people around her. A Christian Brother who was going about the street, evangelizing went to share the gospel with her. Her respond to the Gospel encouraged him to be holding fellowship with her in her home every week. Every time he got to the house, the elderly woman would have invited more people to join the home fellowship. Although the members were not up to ten, there were testimonies of the blessing of God through the sharing of the word of God. The elderly woman soon instructed her children and grand children that the Brother who led her to Jesus Christ should conduct her funeral service at home when she died. She specifically said that she did not want any religious body to do that. It was like she knew she would soon pass on. Her family honoured her request when she eventually died. With the help of other home fellowship members, the Brother conducted the burial ceremony even though he was not even a Pastor. He only found himself in Pastoral works when leading souls to Jesus Christ.
This case established some things about the Body of Christ called the Church. Jesus defined His Body when He said in Matthew 18:19-20, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Thus the followings are the three basic things about real Body of Jesus Christ:
1. Body Of Christ Is Congregation Of People: They may be two or more people. This means that they do not have to be in large gatherings as we have it nowadays. Jesus selected only twelve disciples who always have fellowship with Him. Only when going on outreach that they normally pull crowd, often through signs and wonders. Moreover the study of the fellowship patterns in the early Christians in the Book of Acts reveals that Christians often met in small units.
2. The Gatherings Are Often Times In The Homes Of Believers: Paul said in Act 20:20-21, “… (I) have taught you publicly (Evangelism) and from house to house (House Fellowships), testifying to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”
3. No Specific Time Or Day For The Fellowship: The people congregate and have fellowship with God anytime or day. When the disciples of Jesus were accused of breaking the law by plucking corns on the Sabbath day in Matthew 12:1-8, He replied them in verses 3-8, “… Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he entered into the house of God, and did eat the show-bread which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless? Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. But if you had known what this means, I desire mercy and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” In Act 20:7, the Bible says, “Now on the first day of the week (which is Sunday), when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart on the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” The Bible also says in Act 5:42, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”
The question now is how come a specific day or place or number of people in a congregation? I pray that the Lord will continue to open our eyes to the truth in the word of God in Jesus’ name.


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