Discovering the Source for Where the Church Draws Its #Strength and #Unity
Last Sunday, I mused while in our worship service about the rallying armies to battle in ancient times. As we consider the purpose of our worship services, and what we are trying to accomplish in them, I think we will all agree our purpose is to “equip the saints for their ministry” (Ephesians 4:16). Our Lord Jesus Christ has a mission for His Church: “Make disciples, baptizing… teaching to obey…” (Matthew 28).
How do you lead hundreds of people who come from different IQ’s, EQ’s, character, spiritual journeys, circumstances, economic status, vocations, stressors, family dynamics, musical preferences, spatial needs, attention spans, experiences, races, genders, learning styles, motivations, mental capacities and physical needs and turn them into a single, unified people ready to obey God’s Word and carry out His mission of disciple-making?
Who does the rallying of the troops? Does God, the Holy Spirit? Is it the worship leader? Does the music? WHO produces this? Is this just wishful thinking by pastors who hope for focused people, who are now ready to obey followers of Christ? Does that ever happen to you?
Whose agenda are we rallying armies toward? Ours? Agenda to grow the churches we serve? Didn’t Jesus say HE will build His Church (Matthew 16:18)?
Isn’t the Church, HIS Church?