This is what our research has gleaned of the church that is happening now:
- We have a lack of Biblical imperative. We may say we are committed to God’s Word, but our spiritual formation, loose doctrine and behaviors show us a to be in breach (2 Tim. 3:16).
- We have an empty faith, so concerned with what feels good and not what we need by God’s Word (1 Pet. 2:2)!
- We have a too low view of God’s Sovereignty, we belittle to Him as a mere ‘friend’ and forget His Holiness and our need for repentance (Rom. 11:22-36).
- We have too much pride and selfish motives and not enough Christ impacting our hearts and minds (John 3:30)!
- We do not have our people discipled, so they are ignorant of Biblical precepts (Hosea 4:6)!
- We do not trust in the power and purpose of Christ and His Truth, instead we cater to personalities, political correctness and trends (1 Tim. 4:6)!
- We spend too much time with entertainment and not enough time of expository preaching (Rom. 10:16)!
- We have a lack of the power of the Holy Spirit, or too much of it is faked (John 6:63)!
- We do not teach, exemplify and motivate a radical transformation (Rom. 12)!
- We are too worried to offend, thus, we end up trying to block the conviction of the Word and Holy Spirit (John 16:8)!
- We do not have good unity or a Kingdom mentality, so we have apathy, gossip, discord and strife (Rom. 16:17-18)!
- We have a lack of the Fruit of the Spirit of love, Joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, …. (Gal. 5:19-23)!
- We do not have much in the way of real consistent outreach and missions or work on social justice (Matt. 5:13-16)!
- We have a lack of a realization that our time, talents and treasures are His, and view our monies only for our preferences (2 Cor. 9:7).
- What happened to prayer (Matt. 21:13)?
We may need to rediscover what Christ calls us to when we lead and manage His Church. We may need to reconsider what we do and how we do it. Is it biblical? Is it what Christ calls success or what the world calls success? Maybe we just need to get beyond ourselves, past our perceived needs and desires and repent. To seek Christ first and foremost. Then, we may be able to really lead His people properly where we all need to go. Closer to Him. Closer to one another. Nonetheless, authentic heartfelt surrendering to Christ as Lord, real discipleship and action of faith needs to take place or what are we doing (Matt. 6:33; 13; Rev. 10:8-11)!
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