The Church – An Exciting Weekend!

28 03 2017

2017 ANOKA EBC

 

What an exciting weekend it has been for Eagle Brook Church in Anoka, Minnesota as the sixth campus of the church opened in its own building, with a packed and over flowing attendance!

 God is Good and Awesome!

               This campus had been meeting in a local High School, as they prayed and looked for a place of their own to meet in!  God gracious provided an old K-Mart building, which has now become a state of the building to house the Anoka Eagle Brook Church!

This sent me reminiscing on the many churches that I have attended, beginning with the Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church, as a new born baby through the churches I attended as a young person to College days in India and then in Seattle then to Minnesota!  This also included churches I had itinerated in Canada and the USA and also in Seminar ministry.

It was a time not just of reminiscing but of evaluating my “Ecclesiology”, and what did I really believe about the church?  First, I know and firmly believe, that “The Church” is the Body of Christ, comprising of believers in every country of the world, of people of every race, language, people group and every background that we can imagine!  I am assured of this as I see how in Revelation 5: 9, 10 says,

And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

And Revelation 7: 9-12 says,

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Second, I thought, our worship is going to be different, in that we will be worshiping in many languages, and in maybe in many different formats, dependent on our backgrounds, and styles – contemporary, traditional, liturgical – but we are ALL worshiping JESUS, our Redeemer and King, because HE IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED, TO BE WORSHIPED!

Third, it does not matter what type of a building we are in!  A new state of the art building, a cathedral with stain glass windows, a regular brick and mortar building, a lean-to or a half walled building with thatched roof or a tin roof!  The basement of a church, behind prison walls, under the shade of a tree in an open desert like area!  Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”!  That is the most important thing!  I am so grateful to God for enabling me to experience the love and worship of believers in many different places, as they worshipped Jesus!  An experience of what it is going to be like in Heaven!

Where is Church for you and me?  Are we celebrating the Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as My Lord and My Savior this weekend?

Some pictures of churches I have been in recently: