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The point about not using “my church” or “our church” because it belongs to Christ is well taken. (Although we say “my/our congregation” which actually means the same thing, when you peel back the layers.) But we can take it too far.
Let no one upbraid another when we say “our people” or “our folk” or “one of ours.” For Paul said it, Tt 3.15: Continue reading “Say ‘our people’ with gusto!”
On Sunday, our theme will be “The Essential Church,” or more literally, the necessary church. The lesson — topical this time, gasp! — will have four points. All the verses come from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Continue reading “The essential church”
Among the saints, beloved friends,
More deeply am I drawn
To drink of You who daily sends
More strength when mine is gone. Continue reading “Among the Saints, Beloved Friends”
Righteousness and personal virtue do not develop in isolation. We need the help of the saints in the community of the faithful. Continue reading “It just doesn’t work that way”
Doing some preparation for another evangelistic study tonight. Pray for the young man Wash. Here are some notes I jotted down for my own use.
• The passage about the widows in Acts 6 starts and ends the same way: “the number of the disciples was multiplying” (v. 1); “the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly” (v. 7). Maybe Luke has a hint for us: Those churches that grow take care of their own. Continue reading “Notes on three texts in Acts”
When a person wants to be with the saints, he will find a way. When the right priority is in place, a disciple makes his opportunity to meet with the church. Continue reading “Where there’s a will”
After proclaiming the nature of the kingdom of God in parables (Matthew 13) and surrounding the building of the church with the twin truths of his identity and mission (Matthew 16), Jesus now turns to its essence in chapter 18. Continue reading “The church of little ones”
The Father has life in himself, and he has granted that same life-giving power to his Son.
John 5.26 NLT Continue reading “Where is life?”
Note: “Church work” is my translation of the Portuguese phrase, trabalhos da igreja, literally, “works of the church.” The devotional addresses a potential problem in what Brazilians see as church work.
“Church work” sounds like a good phrase, but too many people use it — men, almost always — for what happens on the podium or at the front of the assembled saints on Sundays.
Men (and, I suppose, women, now that progressive doctrine has invaded many congregations) complain that they aren’t being included in the works of the church. Continue reading “Church work”