This past weekend Judy and I drove 45 minutes to attend a church we had never been to before, to a church that is of another denomination of that which we normally attend. Because last week I met a man and his wife for the first time on Friday and talked again on Saturday. As we were saying good-bye Saturday, Stan said, “You ought to come to church with us Sunday at 10, we have some guest singers coming I know will bless you and I’m going to preach a short message.” Since we have been in limbo because of hurricane Michael, for the most part, we have chosen to attend churches where someone has given us an invitation. To help us encourage and prove to the church that evangelism still works.
Today while cleaning restrooms at the camp I began thinking about this past weekend and other weekends. In attending these churches, we have discovered that most of the churches are declining, struggling or maintaining, but not growing. Which causes us all to ask why? Especially when the great commission tells us to GO and make disciples, which is one of the main purposes of the church (Exalt The Savior, Equip the Saints, Evangelize the sinner). The answer is simple, basically the local church has stopped making disciples, they have stopped choosing people.
Now think about it, from the family/community church to the large/mega churches they all began and sustained themselves the same way, people in the church, choosing people not in the church, to become part of them (Now I know you are thinking I’m wrong, you’re thinking it’s the other way around, people come in a church and choose it). Yet I dare to disagree with you even though I would agree with you that people think they make the decision to choose a church, but the truth is, think with me, no matter who you are, the local church choose you first. It might have been your parents, grandparents, a bus, a neighbor, a classmate, friend, companion, etc. somebody invited you, brought you or enticed you to come to a church and then others in the local church scooped you into their fellowship. You see, they choose you first, you then choose to be a part of them. The church must return, to choosing people to be a part of them like Stan and some others have done Judy and I in the last few months. The reason people will not be in your church Sunday, is because you did not choose them. Show your love for our Lord, choose a friend or even a stranger for your local church this week and every week for the rest of your life. He has commissioned you, equipped you and called you to choose.
His servant and friend Tim Hall
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