“but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”1 Timothy 3:15
It’s disheartening when you see believers ignorant of how they should conduct themselves in church. This is not even about dressing, pressing your phones, paying attention, lackadaisical attitude etc. All of those are only an off shoot of what is really lacking.
Apostle Paul will therefore write to Timothy, a young pastor in charge of large churches under him on how believers ought to conduct themselves in the church of God; as the Church is the pillar and ground of truth. Our church conduct, first, stems from our understanding of who we are in Christ; our identity as believers, ruled by the Spirit and filled with the Love of God. You see, the reason some folks don’t conduct themselves in an orderly and honorable manner in church (that is Christian gathering) is because they already aren’t living a spirit ruled life.
Gal.5.13 – For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Gal.5.16 – I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
The highest definition of church is that the church is the fullness of God. Therefore the subject matter being discussed is very vital. When we gather, we are the church, we are the institution that represents the fullness of God on earth, our gathering ought to therefore reflect that we have this understanding.
Imagine that Jesus was truly in the service, imagine that indeed you’re in the company of angels.
Our culture reflects what our understanding is, actually, whether or not we accept and believe that those things are true, that is, whether we believe Jesus is in that service, whether we truly acknowledge that we’re surrounded by innumerable angels.
This is extremely important.
FURTHER READING: Acts 20:28, Galatians 5:13-18
CONFESSION: I am a member of the church, I pay attention to the word on how to conduct myself in the gathering of the saints, I walk in the Spirit and Love.