A Neglected Emphasis

Many local churches today seem to be run like a business. In and of itself, that’s not all bad. A local church needs to be organized and effective. However, that is incidental to its main mission. The church is not about “noses and numbers.” The local church is not primarily an evangelistic enterprise. That doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be evangelism taking place in the church. Actually, the people who are born again are to “….do the work of an evangelist.” (From II Timothy 4:5). The idea, nevertheless, is that as we are “going” (Matthew 28:19-20) we evangelize, teach, baptize, disciple, etc. When God uses us to win someone, part of our responsibility is to bring them into the local church for nurturing and training. As people are brought in, the too often neglected emphasis, is bringing them to Spiritual maturity. Obviously, God is the One Who does that, but He will ordinarily use us to guide them. Church leadership should be done by faithful men. As new Christians grow and are mentored, the next part is to reproduce: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (II Timothy 2:2). The mature leaders teach new converts and they, in turn, become mentors to new converts. In other words, our number one responsibility is “people.” We are to major on people! The rest of the local church’s activities should support our top priority. Charles Wesley’s “See, Jesus, Thy Disciples See,” describes the environment that a local church should foster: “See, Jesus, Thy disciples see, the promised blessing give! Met in Thy name, we look to Thee, expecting, to receive. Thee we expect, our faithful Lord, who in Thy name are joined; we wait, according to Thy Word,  Thee in the midst to find. With us Thou art assembled here, but O Thyself reveal! Son of the living God, appear! Let us Thy Presence feel. Breathe on us, Lord, in this our day, and these dry bones shall live; speak peace into our hearts, and say, the Holy Ghost receive! Whom now we seek, O may we meet! Jesus, the Crucified, show us Thy bleeding hands and feet, Thou who for us hast died. Cause us the record to receive, speak, and the tokens show; O be not faithless, but believe in Me, Who died for you!” Selah! Let’s encourage our local church to major on bringing new “babes” in Christ to spiritual maturity.  Ron

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

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