The Dearest Place on Earth... Who would have thought that the church would be known as such. Many people think of the church as the most rotten place on earth. So why did Spurgeon describe the church in such a manner?

He knew that in the church God is there. Fulfilling Christ's promise, "when two or three are gathered in my name I will be there." What makes the church so special is that Jesus Christ is there, the Father is there, and the Holy Spirit is as well. Making God's word come alive to us and resonate within our hearts. This entity is composed of men and women, whoever believes in Christ as their Lord and Savior, and it is Christ's bride.

The Church is designed by God to be the agent of Kingdom renewal in the World not only renewing individual hearts but also renewing forms and structures in society, being redemptive agents of global shallom.

It is in the church where you see sinners become brothers, and when you have a brother lose his way for awhile be welcomed back and carried along with love and care. Change happens because Christ is there.