What’s a Church to Do?

I make no claim to have all the answers on how a church should be run. However, I suggest some things that I suspect we may not be doing and some that we should not be doing. One matter for consideration is that our primary responsibility is not to draw people in by great programs and interesting activities or by offering support groups. These things have a place when done in harmony with Scripture. However, it may lead Christians who work at these things to lose sight of their responsibility to go out and witness to people and disciple them and bring them in for more discipling. Then, these can go out and do the same with others. Too many churches today are building churches without building up believers (soldiers, to continue the analogy of a fort). We are not to build great ministries as an end in themselves. We should build ministers, who can train and equip soldiers for battle. Again, to continue the analogy, should we “hole up” in the fort and not bother to engage the enemy? If soldiers stayed in the fort, we would become surrounded by the enemy. (Has that happened)? The basic purpose of a fort is not to defend it against the enemy. We defend it for the purpose of preparing warriors for attack. In Matthew 16: 18, Jesus told Peter: “….I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter (a stone, a little rock) and upon this rock (Himself, a great Rock, the Rock of Ages) I will build My church; (as in Ephesians 4:11-15) and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” We are to launch an offensive and victory is guaranteed! In the hymn, “Victory All the Time, Mrs. C.H. Morris wrote: “They who know the Savior shall in Him be strong, mighty in the conflict of the right ‘gainst wrong; this the blessed promise given in God’s Word, doing wondrous exploits, they who know the Lord. Victory! victory! blessed Blood-bo’t victory! victory! victory! vict’ry all the time! as Jehovah liveth, strength Divine He giveth unto those who know Him, vict’ry all the time.” Selah! We are in a great battle! Are we fully engaged? “…. be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” (From Ephesians 6:10).  Ron

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

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