To my utter sorrow, as Ive repeated this exercise all over, I have found very few people who have opened their Bible to one of the Gospels.
Weve tried all sorts of gimmicks, gone through all sorts of fads, used all the film series, attended all the church growth seminars, and none of these have made it happen. Now it is something that some of us have experienced a time or two. It is the wonderful realization that church leaders, ministers, and elders arent leading our church, Jesus is. He is not the token head of our church, he is leading, guiding, empowering, opening doors, and ministering through our congregation. Suddenly being the Body of Christ isnt theory or theology. It is experienced reality.
Im convinced Jesus longs for it to happen in every one of his congregations across the world. While I dont claim to have all the answers, I believe several things are vital if it is ever going to happen on a widespread basis.
|Jesus stands at the door and knocks.|
Second: We must obey Jesus teaching. Rather than debate it or water it down, we need to obey the clear things he says for us to do. If we do, he will bless us with the gift of knowing the truth and setting us free to be who he has called us to be. (John 8:31-32)
Third: We need to consciously do all we do in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ giving thanks for all that he has done, is doing, and will do in us. (Colossians 3:17)
Fourth: We must invite Jesus in. While many point to Revelation 3 as the example for a non-Christian to receive Christ, a closer look reminds us that this passage was written to Christians. Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Will we invite him in to take control of our hearts and our churches and our lives? Lets use prayer to invite him! (Revelation 3:20)
Fifth: We need to tell others about what he means to us and how he has blessed us. As we share Christ with others, his power in us becomes more clear. (Matthew 28:18-20)
I cant think of anything more important right now in the history of our World than for Christians and churches everywhere to have Jesus become the focal point of their worship, their lives, their prayers, their friendships, and their churches. With so much of our New Testaments devoted to telling the story of Jesus, lets make sure were searching them for him. Lets rediscover Jesus again for the first time!
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