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Pastor's Note for October 2011

Posted on Sat, Oct 1, 2011

The Purpose & Plan of the Church

“Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified & ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5

Some wise person once said, “Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it!” So, just how are we spending these few days we have left on Earth? I often wonder if today’s Church really has ears to hear what God has directed, and is directing, us to do; or are we just wasting valuable time and resources with “cool” church programs. When we pray, “…and let Your Kingdom come…” (Matt 10:6) are these just vain and feigned repetitions of words (Matt 6:7)? 

Paul urged the Ephesian church to redeem the time for the days are evil (Eph 5:16). If we consider the state of the Church today, it begs the question: “Are we at the point, in that place, and perfectly positioned to fulfill the purposes of God?”

Well, I suppose if miracles are happening at will, salvation is occurring at a mega-pace, members are knowledgeable in the Word, we have become the lender and not the borrower based on our superlative stewardship, the “fruit” of the Spirit is flowing like tsunamis through our communities, there is a constant search for newer and larger places to accommodate the droves of new converts, there is so much unity in worship that the Glory of God’s presence has caused services to run 4+ hours overtime because no one wants to leave…and, oh by the way, our love is ever-flowing for all…including our adversaries, then we have absolutely no urgency or need for revival. 

16th century French philosopher and essayist, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne reminded us, “The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.”

Clearly, we have a great deal of work to do.

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