Google+ 04/23/14 Let's Be Christians Again!

1 Timothy 3:14-16

 

I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you soon,

So that if I am delayed,

You will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God.

This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith:

Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit.
He was seen by angels and announced to the nations.
He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.

 

Christ has been revealed to all men.  Paul tells Timothy that in his first letter to his young apprentice.  Paul calls this revelation the pillar and foundation of the truth.  Our churches must be centered around the living God.  Yes, He is not dead!  Remember Easter when we all yelled, "He is Risen?"  The living God was revealed in a human body.  He was seen by angels and announced to everyone.  He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.  Christ is preparing a place for us right now.  So why are most churches dying if Christ is alive?  There is a very simple answer that none of us want to hear.  Christ has been replaced as the center of the church.  One may think that is a radical statement, but I don't think so.  The number one issue in most New Testament Churches today is not Christ.  It is not even evangelism or discipleship.  The number one, most important, subject is money.  Christ warned us that we could not serve two masters.  Most churches are not.  They are only serving one master.  Everything centers around the offering, fundraising, envelopes in the pews, and giving statements.  We need to wake up and realize that Christ is alive!  He is the Head of the church.  Money is a spiritual problem and pastors are not willing and, in some cases, not able to deal with it.  Let's go back to Paul and the resurrection of Jesus.  Let's serve God Almighty.  If we do, God will provide our daily bread.  Money will no longer be an issue.  "Let's Be Christians Again!"