What’s A Church to Be?-4

A church is to be a place where there is interaction between pastor and people. The preacher is to clearly communicate what God is saying; the people are to realize that God is speaking to them and give full attention to what He is saying. Faithfully preaching what God wants communicated brings many vitally important Truths to His listeners. (One of  the very best ways to do this is expository preaching). Conviction, by the Holy Spirit, of sin is a must! We live in a time when few realize how sinful that we are. Only when we grasp how wicked and condemned we are, will we cry out for grace and mercy. Once conviction has brought us face to face with our lost condition, we can open ourselves to receive God’s grace. Other things we are to hear (and respond to) include encouragement, challenge, commands, exhortation, guidelines for living, explanation of Spiritual things, resources, love, hope, relationship(s), etc. Paul informed Timothy and us that, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (It is God-breathed), and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:16-17). The most important thrust of the Scriptures is to reveal the Savior, the Truth about Him, to move us to love, trust, obey, yield to and honor Him. Anything less will not cut it! In the hymn, “Break Thou the bread of Life,” Mary A. Lathbury prayed, “O send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me, that he may touch my eyes and make me see: show me the Truth concealed within Thy Word, and in Thy Book revealed, I see the Lord.” (Emphasis mine). Selah! When these things take place in a church, people (one person, a few, or many) will know that they have been confronted by the Almighty. Even one person is worth it all; more would be added blessing.  Ron

Questions? E-mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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