Whole denominations have fallen away claiming to be open and accepting, out of love, of what God clearly calls sin. Jesus never accepted, encouraged, or endorsed sin. He loved the sinner and hated the sin. When Jesus comes back, He is coming in Judgment. Judgment day, the Lord’s Day, the Last Day is coming.
Biblical Love is an action; we are called to love as Jesus loves, so that others can experience the love of God. To experience God is to experience the Biblical Love that Jesus showed us. That is found in few congregations today. It is forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, and faith in the One who loves us which leads us to works!
Each and every congregation of God’s church is called to love. We are to live out the love of God that has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:5). Who is this “us”? Believers, the saints, the blood bought, the Bible believing Church of the living God!
Let’s say that God calls you to do something that is way out side your comfort zone. You know that God has laid it on your heart to do this and you are struggling with fear or doubt, but knowing the love of God, you take the step of faith, and do what has been laid on your heart. The moment you took your “Next Step” your spiritual journey was shortened. But now, having taken that Next Step you have to rely on God. There will be trials and tribulations, problems will arise, things will happen, the enemy will attack, but as God brings you through these trials and tribulations your trust and love for God increases and grows your faith exponentially.
If Christ came back today, would you be ready to go with Him? If Christ came back at that moment, would a place where you’re about to go or a thing you’re about to do cause you to be ashamed or embarrassed in any way? If so, then you need to change what you’re doing. If you are not living in a way that is pleasing to Him right now; then when will you? No one knows the day or hour of His return!
Jesus said to the Jews, “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” (Matthew 21:43). The Kingdom is made up of those who follow their King, those who walk according to the Gospel. It is not by works of the flesh that anyone is saved, no matter their lineage or ancestry, there is neither Jew nor Gentile, we are one in the body of Christ. His Church. The Israel of God.
Every congregation of God’s Church that was written to was dealing with internal and/or external problems, just like the different congregations today. Government interference, offense, financial problems, a lack of Love, and the list goes on. Yet, they were called to be the Church and fulfill their mission. Just as we are today.
But if 20 years ago you had a moment of belief and raised your hand, or even walked to the front and knelt at the altar, but went right back to doing as you always have, living as you have always lived, then you have not crucified the flesh; you are still dead in your sin and separated from God.
Galatians 5:1 – 6:10 Chapter division is manmade, for our use, to make it easier to find something that was written. The separation between 5 and 6… Read more “The Crucified Life (part 2) 7-7”
It is only in love (God’s love for us and our comprehension of it) that we can be, “built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22). We, the Church, have received the Holy Spirti, the Helper, the Spirit of Truth, so that we can reach into our communities, build relationships, and be God’s Church to those same communities. But we must live the crucified life, being led by the Spirit.
Any congregation, any church, that tries to function apart from the Spirit is powerless, a Zombie-a dead body-that looks alive but is dead on the inside. All it cares about is itself and all of its efforts are for itself. It does not produce at all but only takes. Every fundraiser is for themselves: a new roof, refrigerator, or just to keep the lights on. If all it is concerned with is within, then how is it fulfilling its purpose to be salt and light to those around it? It isn’t! It is dead, a drag on the community and on God’s true church.
The Church is to be equipping one another for works of service both in and out of the church building. That first church in Acts was learning together as the Church, they were devoted to each other, had meals together in one another’s homes, as Acts 2:46 tells us, and they prayed together… (they were equipped). God did not design His church to be a country club, or some kind of charitable organization that meets weekly, He put us together to learn and grow and teach and pray together so that we would be equipped to spread the Gospel!
Fellowship, worship, and ministry are all conducted by people, not buildings. Church buildings give us a place to have fellowship, a place to worship, and were intended to be a place to help us with, and in, the ministries we are called to do as the church. But buildings alone cannot meet every ministry need nor are they essential for a congregation to be the Church where they are placed.