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Church meetings oh how I strongly dislike them and at the same time oh how I see their importance. There is something about a Church meeting that truly makes my skin crawl. Then again maybe it is just me. But, it seems to be that during those Church meeting we really begin to see the true colors of people. Those who will work and want to serve. Those who are worried more about superficial things instead of furthering the spreading of God’s word into the community. And then there are the complainers who will find flaw in all things and yet refuse to do nothing to make the situation better. I didn’t always feel this way about Church meetings. In fact when I attend the Church meetings in our former home church I started out loving meetings.
So what is it that really caused me to strongly dislike Church meetings? Well, it all started when at our former Church I served as a Secretary. When you hold that role you were required to attend every Church meeting so that you could jot down the minutes to keep on file. Over and over again I kept hearing a few phrases that simply made my skin crawl……..
Who’s going to do this cause I know I don’t want to?
Why do we have to do so much for the community?
Well they don’t go to Church here so why should we help them?
Isn’t this why we pay the preacher so we don’t have to do all this work?
After listening to these phrases among others for a couple years I simply grew to dislike going to Church meetings. I felt as though the meetings had become a let’s grumble session that were seriously accomplishing nothing. I wanted to scream do you not know what the role of the Church and it’s members is!?!!? And though I know there are many different denominations the fact still remains that there is a clear cut design and purpose for the Church.
What Purpose Does The Church Serve?
One of the reasons I think that so many Churches are failing is because we have forgotten what the purpose the Church is suppose to serve. It is not suppose to be a place were we just meet up on occasion and think about how much better the world could be. Instead it is suppose to be a place of sound Biblical doctrine. One that works together as one body to promote Christ in all that it does.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
In the body of the Church there are many roles all working together to ultimately spread the gospel. Each and every person in the Church has a special gift or talent that can be used to glorify God. It is up to each and every member to do so. Not just one or two people. There is no room for pew warmers who are willing to simply pawn off tasks on others. With all of this being said we have also been given certain roles that can only be filled by certain people. These are the roles that help to lead us in the paths that we should go. There are there to encourage us, lead us, hold us accountable and to provide us sound advice when we need it most.
Leadership Positions In The Church:
- Pastor: Pastors are often compared to shepherds. Their job is to lead the Church, feed the Church Biblical truths, nurture the the Church, comfort the Church, correct the Church, protect the Church and reach out to the lost. They, just like the rest of us, are suppose to take after Jesus’s example. After all He is the ultimate shepherd. It is not their job to do all the work in the Church alone. Ultimately though as a Church family we need to make sure that we are allowing him to have time to rest, spend time with his family and provide encouragement by making sure to find out ways that we can serve him. We also need to make sure that we are allowing them to do their main job which is to preach the Word of God. (2 Timothy 4:2) As a whole Church we must make sure to make a good choice when it comes to picking a pastor. Thankfully the Bible outlines the qualifications for us. (1Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 )
- Deacons: Deacons are those who your Church has selected to serve you. They are there to help you on the day to day life struggles. They should be available and willing to serve inside the Church where ever they are needed. Much like the Pastor position this job is a high honor and should not be taken lightly. Because serving as a Deacon means they are officially serving the Church and that means wearing different hats there is no major list of things that they can do. One thing the Bible is very clear on is the qualifications of a deacon. (1 Timothy 3:8-12)
- The congregation: Just because you are not in one of these leadership roles does not mean that we are to do nothing. In fact we are suppose to be reaching out to the community. (Mark 6:15) We do so by using the gifts that God has entrusted in us. There is no skill that can not be used. This also means that it is not just one persons place to do all the work in the Church. It does however mean that it is up to us all to work in the Church, for the Church and for our community.
With All That Being Said………..
Who’s going to do this cause I know I don’t want to? It is up to all of us in the Church
Why do we have to do so much for the community? Because it is required of us to spread the love of God to all we meet and come in contact with.
Well they don’t go to Church here so why should we help them? They still deserve to feel the love of Jesus so that they to may join the Kingdom of God.
Isn’t this why we pay the preacher so we don’t have to do all this work? His job is to lead us and direct us not to reach all the lost alone.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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