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Jan
17

What’s Wrong With The Church?

What’s Wrong With The Church? (from January 2012)

I’ve been a pastor for nearly 20 years.  I was ordained in May of 1997 at the tender age of 23.  I’ve had many, many good times and a few rough times along the way.  I have met so many wonderful people and have served with people who really love Jesus and His church.

One thing that I have noticed over the past few years is a growing disillusionment with the church.  People are ditching the church in favor of Lone Ranger Christianity.  This is not the way it is supposed to be, though.  The church is Jesus’ body as Ephesians 5 tells us:

…a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church.  He is the Savior of His body, the church. – Ephesians 5:23 (NLT)

I remember hearing Bill Hybels once say at a conference at Willow Creek Community Church that he believed that the local church was the hope of the world.  I think that he is right.  When the church is being the church the way Jesus intended it to be, then it really is the hope of the world.  So what’s wrong with the church?  Why are people fleeing rather than flocking?  Why are so many body parts suffering?  What has happened to Jesus’ prayer for unity in John 17?  What happened to Hebrews 10:25?

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

It’s time to take back the church!  It’s time to be the answer to Jesus’ prayer and strive for unity.  It’s time to get back to doing church the way the early church, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, did church.  Acts 2:42 (NLT) talks about 4 keys that ensured the success of the early church.  They were devoted to:

  1. The Apostles’ teaching
  2. Fellowship
  3. Sharing in Meals (including the Lord’s Supper)
  4. Prayer

In 2017, we must commit ourselves to these very same principles:

  1. The Word of God
  2. Unconditional love and forgiveness within the family of God
  3. Sharing our lives with one another (not just pot-lucks, but sharing everything with each other)
  4. Prayer

We can’t make it on our own, but we can do it together!  It’s still Christ’s body and it’s still holding forth the hope of the world.  Let’s recommit ourselves to making the church be what God wants it to be.

PRAYER: Father God, we pray today that You would energize Your church for which Christ died.  We pray for revival in Your church. Raise up leaders who will lead well in Your church. Thank You for Your church. Help us to be all that You would have us to be and to do all that You would have us to do so that Christ may be glorified and people may be saved. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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