Chaplain's Journal

Why the Church Matters: A Unifying Force in God's Plan


In our fast-paced, ever-changing world, it can be easy to lose sight of the importance of the Church. Many people today question why the Church matters and how it fits into their lives. However, as we delve into Galatians 3:26-28 and Acts chapters 10 and 11, we will discover the profound significance of the Church as a unifying force in God's plan.

I. The Church as the Body of Christ 

In Galatians 2:26-28, the Apostle Paul writes, "So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

II. The Church's Mission of Reconciliation  

In Acts chapters 10 and 11, we find the story of Peter's encounter with Cornelius, a Gentile, and the subsequent acceptance of Gentiles into the early Church.

III. The Church as a Source of Spiritual Growth 

The Church provides a nurturing environment for spiritual growth, accountability, and encouragement. 


The Church matters because it is a divine institution, created by God to be the body of Christ on Earth. It embodies unity, inclusivity, and reconciliation. It is a place where believers grow spiritually and find support in their journey of faith. Acts chapters 10 and 11 remind us that the Church's mission is to proclaim the gospel to all nations, breaking down barriers and embracing diversity. As we reflect on these passages, let us appreciate the Church's vital role in God's plan. It is through the Church that we become part of God's family, and it is in the Church that we find our purpose and mission as followers of Christ. Let us strive to actively participate in the life of the Church, recognizing its significance in our lives and in the world.