August 2019

Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
-Ecclesiastes 5: 1-2 (KJV) 

There's a story about a man who dreamed an angel escorted him to church one Sunday. He saw musicians playing instruments with gusto and flair, folks shouting and waving their hands - but there was no volume.

He asked for an explanation to which the angel replied, "this is the way it sounds to us in heaven - you hear nothing because there's nothing to hear, the people's hearts and minds are on other things".

It's been suggested the way to grow a church is to visit churches who are 'attracting' people making note of what they're doing then change accordingly. It's also been suggested we should replace pews with coffee tables and couches so people enjoy the ambience.  

There seems to be a general opinion which suggests if the church doesn't cater to people's likes and comforts, the church will eventually fade away.  I don't think so. 

Certainly not if its worship is focused on the will of God, not if it is empowered by the Holy Spirit, not if it preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ to the repentance and salvation of precious souls rather than shy's away from subjects to please man, and certainly not if its focus is on pleasing God rather than men.

Pastor Paul