What’s Wrong with The Church?

You will get different answers from different people on what we need to be more focused on.

Which of the following would you rank #1?

Expanding the reach of the gospel into new places – missionary work and church planting.

Repenting and returning to faithfulness to God.

Reaching more people for Christ.

Helping people understand the Bible better to follow Christ better.

Loving and caring for people and building relationships.

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The truth is that all five of these are vitally important to what Jesus wants to do in and through us.

As to which one you chose, I strongly suspect that it corresponds to your own calling.  When God’s given us a passion, we tend to see that area as being what’s really needed.  And it is, but it’s not the only thing.

I recently saw a post that said something to the effect of, ‘The purpose of my life is to reach people for Christ and help other people reach people for Christ.”

That person is gifted as an evangelist.  I’m pretty sure of it.  That’s how evangelists are wired.

Some people are driven by going where the gospel is not rooted.  “This town or this people group doesn’t have a church.  We have to do something about it.”    This person is likely apostolic.

Others react to the ‘church planting’ push by saying, “Wait, what about all the people in our existing churches?  They need to be nurtured and cared for.”    Yes, they do.  And you are likely a shepherd.

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All of these people can get frustrated that other people can’t see what they see.

There is an expression: When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

We have a tendency to see our area of calling as THE area that we need to focus on.

One of the things that Ephesians 4 helps us understand is that we need ALL of us to become the mature body that Jesus intends.

We need not compete but must work together if we want this.

Hopefully, this is a lens that you can use to understand why others have different passions and gifting than you do.

Don’t feel bad that you are not more like them.  Appreciate them and learn from them.  Support them and their ministry.  Recognize that you need their focus and passion as much as they need yours.

But grow in who God gifted you to be.

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-13

 

Author: Dan Masshardt

Husband, Father, Pastor...

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