February 24, 2016

Church


This past Sunday, we celebrated a time of reflection with the Church Body during worship.  It was a great service beginning with testimonies of God's goodness, graciousness, and righteousness.  We then had a wonderful presentation from the longest attending member of our congregation as he gave a semi-pictoral history of our  church family.  It was witness to the sovereignty and purpose of God in our lives as a body of Christ locally and as individuals brought together in His fold to accomplish His purposes locally.

As I look toward the future, I am evermore aware that God doesn't ever tire of my inadequacy or my brokenness.  He is constantly working in me to will and to act according to His good purposes.  But even more, He is working in His Body both globally and locally to will and to act out His good purposes.  And I get to be a part of that.

I don't know if you belong to a Church, but there is no argument that attending Church on Sunday is not what makes any organization a Church.  What makes any group of people in this World today a Church is the Almighty God of the universe taking the time and patience to work through that group on a daily basis outside of Sunday to accomplish His purposes looking forward to the consummation of all things.

Influencing Culture, bringing hope to hurting and discouraged people, changing lives through simple humble service and application of gifts, strengthening marriages and friendships through Godly counsel, healing broken lives, minds, and bodies, and experiencing the God of the Universe draw near.

It's true you don't have to Go to Church to be a Christian, but man!  Why wouldn't you want to be a part of that if you have surrendered your life to Him?

I hope you understand that Church is not about an hour-long Sunday morning worship program, but that it involves a group of people living life together for God's specific purpose in that part of Creation every day.  If you aren't a part of that, or if your Church has forgotten that, be the voice of encouragement and shine the Light towards the path and purpose of redemptive living...together.  God Bless.


With you for His glory,