GOING TO CHURCH VS BEING THE CHURCH
More often than not- I feel like we’re doing church WRONG. We have services Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays- 3 times a week is typical for most evangelical churches. We read the bible, sing, & preach. We are rooted in our routine- so much so- that for those of us born and raised in church- it is quite easy to learn how to “go through the motions” without every really knowing Christ. Year after year we lose our youth because they “grow up” and decide that they don’t want to go through the motions any longer- they want something REAL.
So I ask you, my fellow brothers (and sisters) in Christ, what must we do?
And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Acts 2:42
- We must once again make the life of Christ, his death, resurrection, ascension into Heaven, and his return the central message in all of our weekly bible studies and Sunday sermons. When our young people are asked, “What did you learn in church today?” That the answer never waver. JESUS SAVES. This was the teaching of the apostles: Jesus died on the cross and rose again on the third day, he ascended into Heaven and will one day return for the church, if you believe this in your heart and confess it with your mouth- you will be saved! We must once again make the GOSPEL the central message of the church. Because when we preach anything else- we rob whoever enters our doors of the opportunity to know Christ and the power of his resurrection!
- We must fellowship with other believers. Fellowship goes beyond the “God bless yous” we exchange during our services, but entails sharing your life with a community of people who believe as you do. Brothers and sisters who are available to love and encourage you, but also exhort you when they see you being led astray. I cannot thank the godly woman in my life enough! Because of you, I have dodged so many bullets (or rather, “flaming arrows”) that were intended to take me out!
- The breaking of the bread or “The Lord’s Supper” is necessary so that we NEVER FORGET what Christ did for us on the cross. Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me”. His sacrifice= our salvation. In doing so we: “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
- “And to prayer”. There is so much I can say about this… I honestly don’t even know where to begin. Prayer is a VITAL part of the Christian life. Without it, you will not survive. Being a Christian in this day and age is hard enough- doing it without prayer? Impossible. I hope to elaborate on this in the future, but for now I will leave you with the following verses:
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. -1 John 5:14-15
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. -James 5:13-16
Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. -Matthew 26:41
When Peter was asked “Brother, what must we do?” in Acts 2:37 it was because people heard the message of Christ and were “cut to the heart”. Peter answered their query with passion and conviction. It is with the same passion and conviction that I share these words with you. The church must not remain idle any longer.
WE KNOW WHAT MUST DO… NOW LET’S DO IT.