Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Would you pick this church?

Just a word to my pastor friends who may be lured into leaving their churches for "greener pastures" or for anyone who picks a church because of all the external adornments (charisma of the music minister, portfolio of the ministry programs, size of playground on the children's annex, cleverness of the preacher's funny stories, etc etc). I say this because I often hear of people being "called by God" to big and busy churches in well manicured and well-to-do suburbs. Of course God wants the gospel preached there too but be careful that not all external appearances indicate ease and success. Consider the external scenery of the isalnd of Crete where Titus was called to "set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city".

Pretty huh? Who wouldn't want to serve a church on this lush island? Paul described those who Titus would be ministering among, "For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumsision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. One of themselves, a prophet of their own said, 'Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.' This testimony is true."

Sounds like fun! Instead of picking a church based on the superficial just do this... if you are a pastor, go where the gospel is needed. If you are a layman looking for a church home, go where the gospel is proclaimed.

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