Friday, July 31, 2015

Why You Really Should Go To Church.

“Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” —James 1:4

“Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the outward expression of that relationship must also be right. Ultimately, God will allow nothing to escape; every detail of our lives is under His scrutiny. God will bring us back in countless ways to the same point over and over again. And He never tires of bringing us back to that one point until we learn the lesson, because His purpose is to produce the finished product. It may be a problem arising from our impulsive nature, but again and again, with the most persistent patience, God has brought us back to that one particular point. Or the problem may be our idle and wandering thinking, or our independent nature and self-interest. Through this process, God is trying to impress upon us the one thing that is not entirely right in our lives. […]  Beware of becoming careless over the small details of life and saying, “Oh, that will have to do for now.” Whatever it may be, God will point it out with persistence until we become entirely His.” CHAMBERS

There was a story I heard once about a new pastor who preached the same sermon for several weeks in a row.  When asked by the church leaders why he did that, he said “I am going to preach that sermon until I see that the church is doing what I am preaching about.”  We have a propensity to listen attentively to a sermon .. take notes .. and then immediately forget what we heard.  (James 1:23-25) “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror  and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”  When you listen to a sermon .. when you read the Word of God .. when you worship … the Spirit of God will speak to your heart.  We need to stop treating the pastor’s sermon like a lecture in a classroom.  The sermon is more than words or opinions, or should be, they should be words prompted by the spirit and grounded in scripture  .. life changing .. convicting … Paul said that when you hear or read the Word of God there are 5 purposes “…  useful for (1) teaching, (2)rebuking, (3)correcting and (4) training in righteousness, (5) so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

When I was in the Army, I would participate in what we called “in ranks inspections”.  This is where the soldiers would stand in formation and I would examine each one … uniform .. haircut .. shave … we had regulations for everything.  Sometimes I would ask “Do you know why you shine your boots?” Most often they would just look at me like “Duh!  So I can pass this inspection!” Respectfully of course.  And I would then tell them ..  to protect the leather .. not to make them shiny.  Boots are very important for a soldier.  So my point is this.  We can forget why we need to go to church.  It can become, “That’s what we do on Sunday.”  It has much more purpose than giving us another place to be in our busy schedule.  It is critical to our spiritual health and walk.  And when we go, we should not treat is like the man looking in the mirror.  Think about it.  ELGIN

Bondye Beni Ou (God Bless You)

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