WHO IS RUNNING YOUR CHURCH? REALLY?

 

Revelation 3:20 is an oft quoted passage to those people that are not Christians.

 

“Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me.”

 

Though this sounds like Jesus knocking on the door of a lost heart….it couldn’t be further from the truth.  This is a letter to His church, Laodicea.  It’s not to non Christians but to Christians.  He is knocking on the door of His church.  My question is WHY IS JESUS ON THE OUTSIDE AND THEY ARE STILL DOING CHURCH THINGS ON THE INSIDE?

 

This is eery.  

 

Jesus is knocking on the believers heart asking to come in.



Truth has no expiration date.  When true truth is preached , it will ring true even decades later for later generations.

 

Sometimes there will be something I will read that will speak with such power and conviction as it did when it came from the pulpit it was meant for.  It can have the same value and the same authority for us today if truth has no expiration date.

 

The question that is addressed below is basically “who is leading the church”?  Are we preaching what God wants us to preach or are we preaching what people want to hear? 

 

 Is the form the church is practicing today been dictated by sinners or by Scriptures?  

 

This is amazing from  the great Westminster preacher Bible expositor Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones.  It’s over 4 decades old and it speaks with power and conviction today of what was happening to the church then. But it sounds just like what is happening today.


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A 50 YEAR OLD WORD TO THE CHURCH TODAY

CS Lewis wrote a very interesting book on prayer called “LETTERS TO MALCOLM:  CHIEFLY ON PRAYER”

I love this book that Lewis wrote, especially the concept he uses.  Malcolm is a fake guy…he writes to him as if he is corresponding with a close friend who is asking him questions on prayer.

Lewis has never done a book  this way before.

 

The first chapter is hauntingly prophetic .  It is shouting to  the modern church in America today with all it’s gimmicks and edgy innovations.  

Written 50 years ago in 1964, please read this rather lengthy excerpt I pulled from this amazing book and tell me this is not something every contemporary pastor should read.

 

Before you go to your next conference and hear “the next new thing”….read this excerpt from C.S. Lewis.


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The Danger of “GOING” to Church

There is a danger in “going TO church”.  I know this will lift some eyebrows.   It’s not about “going to” but “committing to”.

Read these powerful words from R Kent Hughes, pastor emeritus from the Wheaton Church, a commentary on those who will NOT commit to a local church:

 

“We have today ecclesiastical hitchhikers. The hitchhiker’s thumb says “you buy the car, you pay for the gas and the upkeep, you pay for the insurance—but I will ride with you.”
If you have an accident you are on your own. I may even sue. This is the creed of so many of today’s church attenders.
“You go to the meetings, you serve on the boards, you deal with
the issues, you pay the bills and I will come along for the ride. But if things do not suit me, I’ll criticize and complain and probably bail out—my thumb is always out for a better ride.”

These hitchhikers have their own vocabulary.  “I go to” or “I attend” but never “I am a member of”, that is too committal for them. 

 

There is a vast number of people out there without

accountability, without discipline or discipleship and without relationships that come from the body.”

 

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