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Here is a picture of a typical village church scene, taken on two separate occasions. They look identical, but there are a few small changes. Can you spot the difference between the two pictures. I’ve been told there are either 5, 7 or 9 differences to look for, but which is it?
When building the church we should probably strive to adhere to the doctrines and principles of the first century church because it was founded on a first hand witness of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, the apostles were gifted with the Holy Spirit when establishing the early church and so you would expect the first churches to be an example of harmony, perfect knowledge, strong faith and enthusiasm.
The reality though is far different. The first century church was filled with problems which we read of in Acts and the many letters of Paul. There are many lessons we can learn, but we can also take comfort from the fact that the first churches were far from the one united body they should have been.
Read more in our sermon on Building the Church of God….
I went for a walk round my village earlier this week, and my route took me past the local church. Their noticeboard said:
What’s missing from C H – – C H ?
U R !
A slightly cheesy slogan, but one that made me think for a few seconds, and then smile!
People today are quick to criticize the church, and organized religion, and to say that they would rather be Christians in their own way instead of being dictated to by the church. Masses have disassociated themselves from the church because they are disillusioned with what is offered, they see hypocrisy, they don’t see answers being given to personal or world problems, and they no longer have respect for religious leaders.
But is abandoning the church really the way to improve the situation?
Despite the problems in the established church, it is difficult to deny that the general breakdown of society such as broken families, crime and violence, has been escalating over the last fifty years or so.
Even if you are a staunch Christian it is difficult to have God at the front of your mind when you no longer spend special time apart with those who feel the same way. We should keep going to church, and fellowship with those who believe the things that we do. We should bring the Bible back and use it as the basis of our faith.
Of course the church is going to have problems – but walking away and saying its not for me doesn’t solve those problems. Lets get back to Bible basics, see what God wants from us, look at God’s plan to sort the world out, and pray for his help to sort out our everyday lives.
Just because the church doesn’t always do a very good job it doesn’t mean we can manage better by ourselves.
If “U R” one of the people missing from church why not think again? Perhaps take your family to a Thanksgiving or Christmas service over the holiday season. Or get back in touch with some Christian friends. Just maybe you will remember what you have missed over the years, and remember that every single person in the body of Christ is important to God – and he wants you back in his house!
Praying that the holiday season is a blessing for you all!