The church is in desperate need of the truth. We are so far removed from the first century church, many are rethinking the way things are done and even the message itself. That’s nothing new to anyone in the blogosphere, it’s being talked about daily.
How do we DO church? Do we really need to talk about being saved? Can’t we just water it down a bit and make people comfortable? Must we say Jesus is the only way to the Father? Can’t we allow for some other paths?
I guess I’m a purist. I do believe the scripture speaks to all we need to know concerning the church. It is His church based upon His word.
I love the following passage from Titus…it’s chock-full of truth:
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work. They must not slander anyone, but be peaceable, gentle, showing complete courtesy to all people.
In my younger years I worked in a secretarial pool for a Christian organization. Once I remember accompanying an older woman to the closest fast food joint for lunch. She was quite nice to me yet, she had a face that said, “Don’t have too much fun…it might not be Christian.” She spoke sweetly to me while we stood in line. But as it came time to order her manner changed becoming curt toward the employee. All sweetness to me then turning back around spewing impatience. It was a perfect Jekyll and Hyde impersonation. Complete courtesy to ALL…?
For we too were once foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to various passions and desires, spending our lives in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another.
Before Christ we lived to indulge our flesh being misled by the spirit of this world. We still have the pull of the flesh in our lives, yet with the Spirit’s help, we can overcome. We do need to remember we are NOT to judge the world but be examples of His kindness, mercy and grace…
But “when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us
In God’s kindness and love He saved us. His love for us was made manifest in Jesus…
not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of His mercy,
Not because we were good, not because we were any better than anyone else, but because of His mercy…
through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior.
On the basis of His mercy we have been washed and are being renewed through the Holy Spirit. How did this happen? Through Jesus Christ our Savior. He is God our Savior. He has poured out on us the Holy Spirit in full measure. In FULL MEASURE we have the Spirit of God!!!
And so, since we have been justified by His grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.” This saying is trustworthy,
We have been given our “not guilty” papers (justified) by His GRACE and we are now heirs of eternal life. We can confidently expect this inheritance of life after death. This saying is truth, it is worthy of trusting.
and I want you to insist on such truths, so that those who have placed their faith in God may be intent on engaging in good works. These things are good and beneficial for all people.
If we would insist on such truths then the outcome would be beneficial for all. Through His Spirit we are to be different. A light shining in a dark place. Salt to a flavorless world. The result will be beneficial, profitable, valuable, advantageous for ALL mankind.
Wow. Is this the way it is? Are we benefitting the world through our changed lives? Do we have a Jekyll and Hyde lifestyle? Can the world see any difference in us because of our faith?