Matthew 28:16 (NKJV) Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
I think it’s fairly evident that the society we live in is very self-centered, and this same characteristic can be present in a church culture. Whenever a local body of believers develops an inward focus, its effectiveness in ministry begins to decrease, and each member’s purpose and potential will be hindered.
Many people of God want their church to be entertaining and comfortable at the same time. They come to listen to a nice sermon, fellowship with friends, and have their needs met. But God never intended for the gathering of His people to be like a country club; He calls us to join an army that will bring the gospel into enemy territory.
An effective church, one that poses a real serious threat to the Enemy, is an army of discipled people who have been taught the truth of Scripture, trained for service, and helped to mature spiritually. But all this is accomplished for the purpose of going out into the hedges and highway, not for becoming a self-contained sanctuary of Christian dwellers 3 or 4 days a week.
The urgency of the Lord’s command and the desperate condition of humanity should motivate us to leave the safety of our Christian comfort fellowships and deliver the message of salvation through Jesus. I really feel to avoid this responsibility is to miss the Lord’s plan for your life and the opportunity to help advance His kingdom. Well maybe today’s message is something to consider? Anyway love you all!