Websters dictionary defines a Church as a building used for Christian religious services. While it is true that we meet here at Southwest "in the church" for service; The Church is so much more than just a beautiful building that holds services. In the King James Bible, The Church is clearly defined in the following scriptures:
1 Corinthians 12:12-26
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
From these scriptures we can draw a simple conclusion; that Christ himself is the head of the church and that we as believers make up the body of Christ. No more than you or I could perform any task without the direction of our mind; so is the relationship between Christ and HIS church. What is even more amazing is not only do we all have our place in the body of Christ with him being the head, but that no one part is more important than the other.
That is the atmosphere here at Southwest. Yes there are positions: The Pastor, Preachers, Deacons, Sunday School Teachers, Singers and Workers in the Church. Not one of these positions puts one of us above the other; not one of these roles makes us any more special than another in God's eyes. At Calvary the ground is perfectly level.
As you search the different aspects "About Our Church", keep one thing in mind.....Christ is the head of our Church and we as believers are following him!!!