Thursday, June 27, 2013
Read Romans 15.
In the first part of this chapter Paul speaks of strong and weak believers. Those who understand the freedom and grace in Christ in contrast to the rigid law which the Jews tried to follow. At that time it appears that there was a constant influx of new believers. Would that not be great? Personally I have been involved in churches for about twenty three years and I can not remember any time when there was a significant influx of believers. Very sad. I will reserve my opinion of why for a different place and time. I will however focus on a point at which the current church lacks. The majority of attendees at weekly services do not spend time in study or service, why?
We are however instructed to spread the good news and to help new believers. If the church is not reaching new believers then I believe something is wrong somewhere. The organized church has by and large become a weekly meeting with a few songs and a lecture, was it ever supposed to be that?
It should be groups of people getting together as often as possible to bear each others burdens. Some call it reunion groups, accountability or just friendship groups. Get together with other believers, find a way to reach others and bear burdens.