If Jesus Were To Plant a Church Today…..

If Jesus were to plant a church today, I wonder what His priorities would be? Would worship – whether traditional, contemporary or Charismatic be His priority? Would He want the Sunday service to be the highlight of the week which seems to be the case for so many? In fact, while many sees the Sunday service as the highlight of the week, many others treat it not as the highlight of the week but as the only “light” – the only thing they do that has any Christian semblance during the week! Or would the community of believers gathered together for mutual care, support, encouragement, exhortation and even correction be Jesus’s priority? Would in-depth, seminary-styled Bible study classes be an important thing or Bible study that leads to obedience and lifechange be the priority? In fact, is Bible study that DOES NOT lead to and does not have a way to ensure obedience and lifechange be of any value at all? Jesus did say in Mt.28:20, “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you “. The list goes on. At the end of it all, I have a strange feeling that if Jesus were to plant a church today, it would look very different from what we have become familiar with, what we call church. Grant us wisdom O Lord!

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Welcome to Church!

Does every visitor feel welcome in our church? Or do only certain types feel welcome while others are ignored? If we only love those who are easy to love and connect with, then our love is conditional and that’s not what the church should be. Look out for someone to connect with next Sunday.

Be Humble

I once read in a devotion, “Pride is the only disease in the world that the person who has it doesn’t know he has it but everyone around him does!” Scary isn’t it? Thus, regular self-examination and humble listening to what loved ones and close friends say to us about us is so important and necessary. Remember, God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. So always be humble in the sight of the Lord and in due season, He will lift you up for the Lord fights for you and you only need to be still. As Paul McGee puts it, S.U.M.O. – Shut Up Move On! (Jas.4:6,10; Exo.14:14)

Awesome Moment In His Presence

During worship at 10.30 service yesterday the Lord gave a word to one of our members and he shared it with me before I preached. He said, “During worship, I sense the Lord is saying ‘There is no other gods beside Me. I am the Lord who makes the heaven and the earth. I am the God of Abraham. Isaac and Israel. The Lord reigns!'” And that was the message the Lord gave me to preach too – not phrased the exact same way, but it’s the same point! Church, the Lord really wants us in CMC (and I believe for every Christian in every church too) to come back to the place of reverence, putting Him first above all else and be completely delivered from everything and every sin that ensnares us so that we are free to live for Him and for His glory! And our worship yesterday blew us away too – there was such an amazing awesome presence of the Lord that brought many tears – tears poured out and rising to the Lord as sweet incense – a fragrant offering to the Lord! Lord, give us a passion for Your Name, let our worship be as incense that rises to You day and night – WE EXALT THEE!