A Church with a Heart for our Community

June 19th Friday

Greetings in the name of “The Gate for the sheep” (John 10:7) Jesus Christ – THE Crucified and Risen Saviour! Another good morning in the Kingdom…a day that God has made for us to enjoy! Wow! it is Friday again…and I trust that you have had a good week of variegated blessings and delights. I am hoping that you are looking forward to meeting with your church family to celebrate all the glimpses of God that you were aware of…and exercising your faith in proclaiming God’s love to you. I will be praying for you today, asking Father to stir your heart with praise and thanksgiving.

This morning I read a report from the Billy Graham Evangelism Association and it left me with mixed emotions. On one hand I am delighted that God is so powerfully at work in a modern world of communication…and on the other hand, I am sad that the mission of the church has been so de-personalized.

Here are the statistics: 9.5 million people heard the Gospel message – but only 180,000 heard it live, there were 1.6 million decisions made to accept Christ – but only 15,000 in person, and there are 20,000 ‘clicks’ to “www.peacewithGod.net” – while attendance at church has been rapidly declining. Imagine my conclusion, I can be replaced by a “click” of the mouse on your computer in the comfortable privacy of your home.

I suppose that God didn’t see this happening. I guess He didn’t see a day coming when we would be so disconnected from each other, in person at least. I know that you can sign onto some social network and accumulate ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ but if I believe in the Bible – which I really do, by the way – what do I do with verses like Hebrews 10:25 – “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, bu let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  NIV . What do I do with all the “one another” verses? Do I ‘click’ a button and remain an anonymous, faceless Christian pastor? Will I be able to counsel, marry people, bury people, baptize children or adults, and celebrate communion with the body of believers by simply ‘clicking’ a button?

Truth be told, this has been happening in a variety of forms for “years” ! I think of the countless people that I am aware of who express some sort of belief in God but never gather with fellow believers in a regular committed way. I wonder to myself – how do you say to God: I really believe in you and I appreciate all that you do for me…but I don’t care for your wife – the church. I don’t want to spend time with her. I only want to sit in my own little corner of the world and tell you that I believe in and love you….but leave your wife – the bride (the church family) at home.

Just something to think about – consider the image of the church that comes with this message – see who is missing. Be blessed!