To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

THE FAITHFUL CHURCH

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 by Roger Goins, Director of Ministries

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I think we can all agree that we want to be part of a faithful church.  In Revelations 3:7-13, Jesus tells us that there are amazing rewards for the faithful church.  I think it is also safe to say we all would like Heritage to be a faithful church.  But, what does that mean? What does that look like? How do we get there from here?  Just what is a faithful church?  For that matter, what is faith?  We throw the term around a lot in phrases like “Just have faith,” “All you need to do is pray and have faith,” and “Faith can move mountains.”  Is faith really just believing in something you can’t see?  Is the faithful church simply a group of people blindly following something they can’t see?  I read a statement by John Eldredge Saturday that said, “Faith looks back and draws courage; hope looks ahead and keeps desire alive.”  Think about that a minute; faith looks back and draws courage.  Looks back at what?  And draws courage for what?  We can look back and see where the Lord did what He said He would do.  From that, we draw the courage to do what He asks.

The writer of Hebrews spends the entire 11th chapter giving us a “faith” history. Ordinary men and women looked back at what the Lord had done and had the courage to act.  This is the faithful Church.  It’s a church of action.  It’s a church that listens to what the Lord says and acts knowing that He keeps His word.

Have you seen the Lord work in your life? Have you seen Him work in the lives of friends and family?  Does that give you courage to take that next step?  We have seen His hand on large and small things at Heritage.  We have listened to Him and made decisions—taken actions—in faith.  We have seen the fruit of those actions, and we can draw courage.  What’s the Lord asking us to do today?  What’s He asking you to do today?  I can’t answer those questions, but I can tell you that whatever it is, it will be worth it!

 



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