Mar 30, 2010

The Uncomfortable Church

Have you ever asked why you go to church? When you found your church, what brought you there? Did you start coming for the children’s programs or youth programs? Did you start coming because of the style of music, the cool cafĂ© out front, or the modern look of its facilities?

Have you ever thought that we have missed the entire point of church?  When you joined the church did you ask the youth minister how many youth are still following Christ that are now in college? Did you ask the pastor questions about his theological leanings?

It is my opinion that most church growth is from people who transfer membership from one place to the next depending on who is running the newest program, has the loudest band, or has the flavor of the month pastor.

God did not create the church to entertain the member. He did not create the church for the membership to transfer every time they grew uncomfortable or bored. God created the church to be an agent in the sanctification of the believer. God created us to invest into relationships which make us grow spiritually, place ourselves before biblically centered and driven preaching, and then humble ourselves to worship God, not entertain ourselves.

1 Corinthians 1:2
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus,

God’s salvation of us can be defined in 3 steps. First, justification…. Justification is the once for all purchase of our sins by Jesus Christ on the cross. It is where we are saved from the wrath of God by the grace of God. The second part is Sanctification. Though we are saved from God’s wrath, in this world we still struggle in sin. Sanctification is the process of becoming more like Christ every day. Finally the last part is glorification. One day, whether through death or through God’s second coming, He will call us home, and we will be as God created us to be, perfect before Him.

When Paul addresses the church in Corinth, he addresses sanctified people. They are people who are on the road becoming more like Christ every day. When one is in church he should be changing daily to become more like Christ. Look back a year -- have you grown substantially to become more like Christ? Is church a part of that process? When you go to church, do you go to be made comfortable by music that is familiar to your ears, engage in relationships that don’t challenge you, hear a sermon that leaves you content, and leave happy? Or do you go to church to give glory to God no matter the beat, engage in relationships that challenge you to grow in your faith (even if it means dealing with sin), find a place where the word of God is preached (not humanist philosophies), and leave discontent with yourself, seeking to grow and find true contentment in God alone?

God desires to sanctify His church.  Are you at a church where that happens?

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