Who is the Church?
The church is the body and bride of Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:21-33 "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Revelation 19:7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready."
II Corinthians 11:2 "I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him."
Throughout Scripture, the Greek noun “ekklesia” is translated “church”.
“ek” - a preposition meaning “out”
“kalo” - is a verb meaning “I call”
Literal Interpretation - The called out ones. The historical application was a legal term used to describe a group of people called out to establish government or to govern.
Matthew 16:13-18 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
Jesus builds His church, but we must steward it appropriately. We must seek Him above all things and uphold His Word as written in the Scriptures (Bible).
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
I Corinthians12:12-27 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
This is a picture of individuals or members coming together to form a single unit or “body”. This body is led by Jesus who is the head of His church. From this picture we must understand the value of each member. Each member must grow to understand the importance of their proper relationship to the rest of the body. Each member needs to function properly, communicate clearly, and fulfill their calling, following the vision and values of the church.
We must remember the church is the only organization that exists for those who are not yet a part of it. In other words, maturity in Christ is serving the world and giving an invitation for them to become a follower of Jesus.
What is the Purpose of the Church?
The Great Commission
Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Greatest Commandment
Mark 12:30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God (Connecting Upward) with all your heart, and with all your soul Connecting Inward, and with all your mind, and with all your strength (Connecting Inward). The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Connecting Outward). - Love God, Love Yourself, Love Others!
Connecting upward, inward, and outward to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
Statement of Faith
We at Connexion Church engage people with the good news of Jesus Christ, equip people on their journey, and empower people to use their gifts, talents, and resources for the Kingdom of God.
Case for Support:
What’s in a name? Anything...everything! One of the most difficult things for churches and organizations is the ability to define themselves. I’ve heard it said, “Why does Amarillo need another church? Why does the world need another church?” The answer is, it doesn’t. It needs the church to be the church. Just as people have different personalities, values, and goals, churches have different personalities, values, and goals. Harvest Connexion has a life giving Spirit which is embedded in our DNA. We are biblical and uphold biblical values expressing God’s love, His wisdom, His correction, and His guidance for our lives. We are an equipping center and take very seriously Jesus’s command found in Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” We will go where we are called and engage the people to whom we are called. We will make disciples through equipping them in teaching and baptism, and empowering them to take the gospel through out the world.
Axioms of Connexion
Grace - “God’s Ability”: Righteousness - “It is as it should be”: Life together. Life Giving, Christ manifested, Spirit Filled, Bible Teaching Church.
Why the spelling? - The "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Christós (Χριστός). And that’s how we connect, with Christ being central in who we are!