Sunday, December 7, 2014

Three Questions the Church should be asking

In order for the Body of Christ to continue into the next decade and beyond; there should be questions asked. Below are some of those questions the church should be asking themselves today.

1. When is the last time we heard from God on a deep level? ( corporately)
  a. Acts 13:1-3  Barnabas, Simeon (called the Black), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (a close friend of Herod since childhood), and Saul were prophets and teachers in the church in Antioch.  (2)  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set Barnabas and Saul apart for me. I want them to do the work for which I called them."  (3)  After fasting and praying, Simeon, Lucius, and Manaen placed their hands on Barnabas and Saul, and released them from their work in Antioch.
 b. The body of Christ in Antioch were worshipping  and fasting together and seeking the Holy Spirit together. The Holy Spirit responded and confirmed to the church and through the prophets that Paul and Barnabas were to embark on the next missions trip to spread the word of God. When is the last time your church did this? When is the last time that the whole church prayed and fasted together to send others out by the direction of the Holy Spirit? Some people today who are on the mission field or getting ready to go on the mission field might not would be their currently. That is an interesting thought? When will the church allow Holy Spirit full access to the governance of the Body?
2.  Is our main focus on the spreading of the Gospel?
 a. Matthew 28:18-20  When Jesus came near, he spoke to them. He said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  (19)  So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  (20)  Teach them to do everything I have commanded you. "And remember that I am always with you until the end of time."
  b. Jesus' greatest command to the church, in regards to purpose or focus, was the spreading of the gospel to the world. That is it. In today's church setting the interpretation of the world means anywhere else besides my own neighborhood. The great commission is for every believer not just for the evangelist or the missionary. We are called to share the word of God. Our main focus has shifted to church politics and making the Christian faith a Social club. 

3. What is the leadership doing in the body of Christ?
 a. 1 Timothy 3:1-7  This is a statement that can be trusted: If anyone sets his heart on being a bishop, he desires something excellent.  (2)  A bishop must have a good reputation. He must have only one wife, be sober, use good judgment, be respectable, be hospitable, and be able to teach.  (3)  He must not drink excessively or be a violent person, but he must be gentle. He must not be quarrelsome or love money.  (4)  He must manage his own family well. His children should respectfully obey him.  (5)  (If a man doesn't know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)  (6)  He must not be a new Christian, or he might become arrogant like the devil and be condemned.  (7)  People who are not Christians must speak well of him, or he might become the victim of disgraceful insults that the devil sets as traps for him.
  b. Look on TV today, and you will find the condition of church leadership. Many have fallen by the wayside. The reputations are shattered or bruised. They don't use good judgment but put the Body of Christ into a deep sleep of control or debt. They preach messages that are more like Pep rally events than teachings to mature the folk. The love and longing for money has increased while the church and needy are left to defend for themselves.They rather build multi-million dollar facilities than orphanages and places for widows. Their spouses or children disobey or curse God publically. Finally, the church allows new Christian converts to play major leadership roles without sacrifice and growth in the things of God. This has to stop. Humility has to become a main mantra again for the leadership of the church. Church leadership is not hierarchical but made up of servant leadership. When protestants desired to break away from the Catholic church; they wanted nothing similar. Today, protestant churches are still Catholic churches with Priests still at the helm. We just call them something different. ( Pastor, youth Pastor, children's pastor, worship pastor and so forth.) Let's be honest are we truly activating the body of Christ or just the few lucky ones who make their way up into church leadership? If the Church is not fully functioning then your work as a leader is not finished. Also maybe your approach and ideology needs to change. 

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