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De kerk: waarom?

Als we het over het belang van de kerk hebben dan kunnen we dat het beste met het beeld vergelijken van de gnoes:
De gnoes maken jaarlijks een trektocht van 800 km door de savannen van Afrika. Zo’n kudde kan wel 40 km lang zijn. De gnoes zijn alleen veilig voor de roofdieren als ze hecht aaneengesloten blijven in de kudde. Als er één buiten de kudde terecht komt wordt hij door roofdieren omsingeld en verscheurd.
Conclusie: wil je als gelovige veilig je eindbestemming bereiken dan heb je Gods ‘kudde’ d.i. de kerk nodig. Anders kom je om en val je ten prooi aan de boze machten..
Nog een ander beeld: geloven zonder kerk is denken dat je te voet de Sahara woestijn kunt oversteken zonder water mee te nemen. Je kunt het wel proberen maar je redt het niet.

Wat zegt de Bijbel over de kerk?
De kerk is in de Bijbel de plaats die God heeft uitgekozen waar zijn volk samenkomt om Zijn naam aan te roepen. Dat vinden we al in het eerste begin van de Bijbel. In Gen. 4:26 lezen we :”Toen begon men de naam van de HEER aan te roepen’. Dat was al de eerste kerkdienst. Jezus zet die lijn in het NT voort . In Mat. 16:18 zegt Jezus tegen Petrus: ‘Jij bent de rots waarop ik mijn kerk (ecclesia) zal bouwen’. De kerk is dus het eigendom van de Here Jezus.
De kerk vertegenwoordigt het rijk van Jezus op aarde. De kerk krijgt de sleutels van het koninkrijk van God in handen. De kerk krijgt dus een hele hoge status.
Jezus noemt zichzelf het ‘hoofd’ van de gemeente en de gemeente noemt Hij ‘’Zijn lichaam’. (Kol 1:18 en I Kor. 12:27). Hoofd en lichaam zijn nauw aan elkaar verbonden. Je kunt ze niet scheiden. Je kunt nooit zeggen: het hoofd d.i. Jezus wil ik wel aanvaarden maar met het lichaam, d.i. de kerk, daar heb ik niets mee. Een lichaam (een kerk) zonder een hoofd (Christus) is dood. En een Hoofd (Christus als Koning) zonder onderdanen d.i. Zijn gemeente is…...

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