Word for the Day
What is the priority in your church? What is it that is emphasized above all else in the place where you attend, you pastor, you teach Sunday School, where you place your tithes and offerings? What MUST be first in the Church, the winning of the lost, missions, fellowship, loving one another, etc.?
The Church has many functions, responsibilities and pursuits. Each one of these is a vital part of the church’s overall existence and mission. Scripture clearly lays out our responsibility to assemble ,to preach the Word, to teach the people and to support the church with our presence, our prayers and our money.
Overall, I feel the Church is doing a fairly good job in assembling, preaching and even giving. But, teaching is another subject altogether. Most pastors are fairly faithful in preaching, but the Great Commission also tells us to teach. How is your pastor doing in this area of responsibility; as a pastor, do you concentrate on preaching, or teaching? A good way to grade yourself as a member or your pastor as a teacher, is “Are the members ‘growing in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ’ “, or are they sitting there each Sunday tuning themselves out because it’s the same sermon every service-“Turn, or burn”? The members see themselves as being saved, so why even listen?
May I suggest the proper priorities for the Church? If you would, turn to Hebrews, chapter 11, the “faith” chapter of the Bible. Read, I’m begging you, verses 1-7. Will you notice that Abel worshiped God, Enoch walked with God and Noah worked for God. My brothers and sisters, it is God’s will that the FIRST priority of the Church is to worship God. A. W. Tozer said that “Worship is the lost jewel of the New Testament Church today.” Sadly, worship is ignored while “work” is shouted from the pulpits of America. The “work” is vital, indeed, but the emphasis must not be on “the work of God, but the God of the work”.
My brother, as a pastor, when was the last time you spent time teaching your folks about the worship of God?