One thing troubles me about church effectiveness & efficiency...in 2015 everyone thinks they know Scripture and can pull a verse to support their argument.
Sadly, people in the church do it just as much as those not in church.
It occurred to me yesterday, that those not in church, at least a large portion of them, don't know the context of Scripture; statements made by the apostles that references the prophets, cultural scenarios that require understanding, religious matters of the day with which Christ had a problem. Conversely, many in the church are missing a similar contextual understanding of God's Word to accurately defend it. (as I consider the incrible list of believers who understand significantly more than what I have gleaned.)
The Bible is the framework, the life and the legacy of the God of the Universe.
The Bible is the story of a fallen angel whose act of revenge towards God is to turn His own creation against Him.
The Bible is the experience of God's involvement in the affairs of man, planting His plans and purposes in their hearts, in hopes they would pursue Him and fulfill the calling He had placed on their lives.
The Bible is the opportunity of an historic rescue for all who call on the name of the Lord and a tragic, heart-breaking tale for those who utilize their free-will to reject the very Being who gave them said will.
Should that fallen angel succeed in getting all of God's creation to ignore those four statements and focus on arguing any of the issues that make the headlines in 2015...
We all are running out of time. We don't have time for hypocrisy, nor debate who is or isn't. s
Nobody is perfect in this world. We are all sinners. The only difference is that some have accepted the truth of who we are, acknowledged the truth of who God is and acted upon the decision He has offered. It's available to all, but each must choose on his or his own.
On this #effectiveSunday, thank God for the power of the Holy Spirit, who intercedes on our behalf when we don't know how to pray. Pray for the church to grow in their understanding of God and His Word, that they be prepared to properly shed light on the Light of the World. Pray that words be not argumentative and demeaning, but out of genuine concern to bring understanding of the truth of Gods Word to those around them. May we let God do His part, of drawing, prompting, convicting, forgiving and redeeming. Pray God help us, in properly loving, sharing and helping those He has placed in our lives to reach for His glory.
God loved the world so much that He gave His son!
Pray His creation not love the world so much that they reject His Son.
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