Thursday, May 04, 2017

Strengthened in Faith (Acts 16:5)

Today’s scripture: Acts 16:5

I read verses like today’s, and I have to ask myself: Is the church of Christ, the formal church, being “strengthened in the faith”? Is it “increas[ing] in number daily”?

Think of your own church. Would you be able to answer “yes” to these questions?

If so, then your church is doing something right … and praise God it is.

But how many churches these days are stagnant? Content with the status quo? Okay with seeing growth—if any—through “church swapping”?

Preachers are giving “feel good” messages rather than digging deeply into God’s word and asking hard questions. Church members come to enjoy social interaction rather than studying the Bible. Outsiders don’t feel welcome because the “cliques” are already established.

Brick and mortar churches can help seekers find truth, and we who make up those churches must be healthy and strong. We must study and meditate on God’s word. We must pray to be the representatives of Jesus to a lost world.

Is it time for a check-up for your church? How healthy and strong is it? Even more, how healthy and strong—spiritually, that is—are you?

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