What’s A Church to Do?-2

I wonder how many times in our local churches we make our decisions based on clear leading that we gain from prayer. For discussion’s sake, let’s assume that we have prayed until we have the mind of God on what we should do as a church. (Is there church leadership that has that much patience and trust)? What would be the next step? I suggest apologetics. Why? Because we need to know what we believe, why we believe it and know how to stand for it with good reasons. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (I Peter 4:15). If we have not become grounded doctrinally, we can’t speak with authority and our own confidence can be undermined. A careful study and understanding of sound teaching (doctrine) also may reveal if we have exercised authentic faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Once we are grounded, we are ready for the next step. (See tomorrow, God willing). If we are grounded, we can relate to Daniel W. Whittle’s expression of confidence and conviction that he gave us in his hymn, “I Know Whom I Have believed.” He put it this way, “I know not how the Spirit moves, convincing men of sin, revealing Jesus through the Word, creating faith in Him. But I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.” Selah! Being well taught and well grounded gives very blessed assurance.   Ron

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