Eph.3:21- to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.
Recently I ministered in the Philippines at Cathedral of Praise and attended a conference in Seoul, Korea. I have been struck again by the diversity and supernatural nature of His Church. In the Philippines I was blessed by the passion and pageantry of the worship at Cathedral of Praise. Dancers, musicians, singers, and congregation caught up in the supernatural flow of the Holy Spirit Who is the very breath of His congregation. In Korea, I was again amazed at the militant fervency of the Korean Church when they pray in their corporate worship. They have to be stopped by the ringing of a bell. The conference was made up of His Church from Africa, USA, India, Malaysia, Australia, and too many places to mention. The diversity is striking but even more striking is the common thread that makes us all one church; the testimony of Jesus. This is our bond of unity and makes the diversity even more beautiful. Here is J.C. Ryle describing the diversity and unity of the Body of Christ.
“It is a Church of which all the members have the same marks. They are all born again of the Spirit; they all possess “repentance towards God, faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ,” and holiness of life and conversation. They all hate sin, and they all love Christ. They worship differently, and after various fashions; some worship with a form of prayer, and some with none; some worship kneeling, and some standing; but they all worship with one heart. They are all led by one Spirit; they all build upon one foundation; they all draw their religion from one single book — that is the Bible. They are all joined to one great centre — that is Jesus Christ. They all even now can say with one heart, “Hallelujah;” and they can all respond with one heart and voice, Amen and Amen.”
As I write this blog I find myself thinking about our church in New Orleans and missing the uniqueness of the expression of Christ in our local church. I love the worship in the Philippines, and the prayers of the Korean Christians. I love the joy of the African church and fellowship with Christian friends from around the world. I still have to say that there is no place like home; I am sure looking forward to church next week!