The church of God is a family, a household, a pillar and foundation of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15). God’s people are built upon the Word of God and they are being built for the truth of God. God’s truth is to be taught, learned, and lived.
“Because the local church is a family, it must be fed; and the only diet that will nourish the people is the Word of God. It is our bread, milk, meat and honey. A church does not grow by addition, but by nutrition” (Warren Weirsbe). Amen! I love that quote!
Authentic and powerful good works flow from this nutrition. All knowledge of God’s truth comes from knowing Christ and none other. For it is through Him all truth and grace can be known and beheld; once Christ is the driving force of our church family, then all our good works will flow from His power.
If a church’s focus is only good works through a watered down teaching of the Word of God then they become a family with a watered down Christ or worse an absent Christ. Then the church’s good works leaves them with empty senseless, tiresome labor no eternal purpose and no authentic power.
However, with Christ as the primary focus and His word as the driving force of nourishment, a church family propels a change that takes death to life, sin to holiness, lies to truth, brazenness to repentance, indifference to refreshment, and attendees of a local church to devoted followers of Jesus. In other words – through Christ we have the greatest IMPACT! For without Him, we do not have His Spirit, on the other hand with Him we are fueled by the most powerful force of the universe. There is nothing in heaven, on earth, nor under the earth that can match His weight of glory, honor or might!
We wonder why church attendance is down. We wonder why so many existing churches are dying out or becoming obscure in their society. It would be good to assess if the Word of God is the main course or if the works of the people drives the meal. Jesus warns us…
“NOT EVERYONE WHO SAYS TO ME, ‘LORD, LORD,’ WILL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, BUT ONLY HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. MANY WILL SAY TO ME ON THAT DAY, ‘LORD, LORD, DID WE NOT PROPHESY IN YOUR NAME, AND IN YOUR NAME DRIVE OUT DEMONS AND PERFORM MANY MIRACLES?’ THEN I WILL TELL THEM PLAINLY, ‘I NEVER KNEW YOU. AWAY FROM ME, YOU EVILDOERS” (MATTHEW 7:21-23).