14... for this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth of His love, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 Berean Study Bible)
Please don’t tell me that “the church doesn’t matter.” Please don’t go around promoting the idea that, “we are not called to go to church-we are called to be the church.” (It’s not either/or, it’s both/and) Please don’t fall into the trap that church isn’t worth it, or valuable for you or that it just full of sinners and hypocrites and not relevant in this modern day and age.
I am not talking about Churchtown – I am talking about the church universal… the fellowship of believers… the gathering of the saints… the church for which Christ died and has empowered with His Spirit to both be and become the Kingdom of God on earth.
To turn away from church is to turn away from Jesus. There is no way around that. And don’t worry, there is always room for one more hypocritical sinner.
“3Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient. We were misled and became slaves to many lusts and pleasures. Our lives were full of evil and envy, and we hated each other. 4But—“When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, 5he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. 6He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.” 8This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.” (Titus 3:3-8 NLT)
This is the Gospel. The simple Gospel message – and it is embedded in one of the shortest “books” of the Bible; but our brother Paul never neglects an opportunity to share the Truth of salvation through Christ. Do you?
We are commanded to preach the Gospel and to live the Gospel as we submit ourselves to the power of Holy Spirit – to grow more and more int eh image of Yahweh, The Most High. The Truth is simple; but the Truth is so powerful that it divides the world itself. It divides the world into those who believe and submit and those who do not. No, there is no middle ground when it comes to the simple Truth of salvation through the Christ. Your “goodness,” your upbringing, your status, or your “spirituality’ will not save you. Remember, Yahweh is a loving God – He loves you so much that He will only tell you the Truth and He will always give you what you seek.
If you seek Him with your whole heart, you will receive Him by the power of His Holy Spirit and you will experience eternal life with Him on the re-created Earth. If you seek the god of this world, you will receive him and you will experience eternal life with the Satan in hell. Like I said, God is a good and loving God – He will give you what your heart truly desires.
Pastor Brian is the senior pastor of Churchtown Church of God and regularly shares his thoughts & insight here - he invites you to join in the discussion of life & faith!