Friday, April 13, 2012

The Church being the Church

Praise God for His Church. Through His Church people all over the world are hearing the good news of Jesus Christ for salvation. Through His Church missionaries are supported in their work in many places throughout the world. Through His Church a little boy was ministered to, sent to summer camp, baptized, taught the truths of God's Word, & challenged to walk a Christian life consistent with Scripture. Through His Church I am able to minister today among people I love and enjoy seeing God use us all to bring Him much glory.

Unfortunately some local churches fall short to be the church that God desires. It is important that every local church seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the God's Word for how the church is to be the church in this world. One passage of Scripture that shares a church truly being the church is found in Acts 2:41-47. Notice the following 10 evidences:
(1) Baptized those who were saved - v 41
(2) Devoted to the apostle's teaching - v 42
(3) Fellowship together - v 42
(4) Communion or Lord's Supper - v 42
(5) Prayer together - v 42
(6) Wonders and Signs taking place - v 43
(7) Everything in Common - v 44
(8) Taking care of one another's needs - v 45
(9) Favor with God and all the people - v 47
(10) "And every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved" - v 47

How many of those evidences is found in the church you are a member of? It is a great joy to be a part of a church family were many of those evidences are found. Yet, we are not perfect. There is much more for us to do in obedience to God's Word and in following His daily leadership. May we all desire that today's Church be the Church - the Church that God desires.

Praying Today for:
(1) Lake O' the Pines community of Big Cypress
(2) State of Wisconsin
(3) Nation of Paraguay
(4) Central Asian Peoples throughout the World

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