“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
The mark of an effective church is not how many people come but how many people live differently as a result of having been there.
So back to the question: How Effective is Your Church? No, not your pastor’s church – YOUR church.
How effective are you as a Christian? Forget the size of your church. Have you cooperated with the Spirit of God and the Word of God and seen any consistent spiritual change in your life? The effectiveness of your church will depend on the spiritual change in your life and the lives of the other people in your church.
During this Christmas season let’s consider just the dollars and time spent on getting a tree, decorating, entertainment, and travel in comparison to what money and time we’ve spent on ministry, missionary support, not to mention our regular monetary and physical commitment to the Lord’s work. All over many churches struggle for the same reason. So few heed God’s call to surrender to God’s leading in their personal lives by receiving Christ as their own personal Saviour and Lord, Baptism and church membership, and become a part of the evangelistic outreach of the church. Do You really believe in Christmas – Christ ’s Birth??
I am not suggesting, that decorating and family traditions are wrong, except when they outweigh the spiritual investment of our money and time to our Lord and Saviour. Over the years there has been a decline in faithful commitment to serving the Lord. People with talent, time and money who only serve God on their own terms rather than a full surrender of every part of their God-given resources and talent.
Even the things that Christian people are posting on social media, definitely outweigh the most important truths about Christ’s birth and eternal life.
In our 50+ years of ministry we have met hundreds of people looking for a church but after many years of knowing them, they have yet to unite with any church or surrender to the Lord. Let us each examine our own motives and commitment to the Christ of Christmas.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever. Hebrews 13:
Christ has not changed – the church has. Ask yourself, “What does the Lord want me to do, that I am not doing to make His church effective”, then tell the Lord, “I surrender all.” and do it.
As your pastor’s help mate, I do this daily and I am praying for you. Ladies, we need a revival. We need to be standing on tip-toe to serve our wonderful Lord