Thursday, October 02, 2014

WE HAVE THE PERFECT CHURCH!!!

AS I SEE IT, if God’s strength is perfected in our weakness, (2 Corinthians 12:8-10) then God is really strong at Felton Bible Church. If His power shows forth through earthen vessel (cracked pots), then He will shine well here! (2 Corinthians 4:6-10)  If the wisdom of God can be best communicated through what the world sees as the foolishness of preaching the Gospel, (1 Corinthians 1:18-21) then I might just have the corner on the market.  All this to say, we might just have the perfect church; weak, broken, foolish in our proclamations, a people ready for God to use for HIS glory.


Throughout my ministry years I have heard numerous times from people, “We’re looking for the perfect church for us.”  That always leads me into a two-phased conundrum. First, what is perfect for you might not be perfect for God, and second, once you get there it is not going to be perfect any more.


The reality there is no perfect church. Though there is a perfect church that God desires. That church is the Body of Christ fully submitted to Jesus as the Head. A group of people not gathered for, or unto, themselves but rather gathered to seek God and HIS Kingdom. That’s the kind of church we desire to be.


There has been a faithful group of us meeting for the past month on Sunday evenings to pray for King and Kingdom. Our purpose is not so much to pray for the needs of the people of our local church, but to ask the Holy Spirit to turn our eyes upward toward God and outward toward our community.  We desire to see what He sees and then we desire that He would direct us with His wisdom, courage and strength to go forth to do the work of Kingdom-building here in our community and around the world.


As we have been praying we have continually come back to the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, specifically the phrase, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  The stark reality before us is that if HIS will is to be done, then my will may not be done. I believe we often like to pray that prayer with the idea that we and God are already on the same page, but I am increasingly discovering that is not always the case, and of course where are wills do come at odds I must be the one to bow out of the way, as difficult as that may be at times.


One of my desires, as the under-shepherd of this flock for the past seventeen years, is that we would not only acknowledge that, “it is not about us, but about God,” but that we would live out that truth in the midst of the world in which God has placed us.  This is still my desire, that God would use us by His strength for His glory.

My prayer is that we would be that perfect church that God the Father desires, that Jesus Christ the Son deserves and that the Holy Spirit has been given to direct. My prayer is that you would join me in seeking to become His perfect church for His perfect glory and for the expansion of His glorious Kingdom.

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