The church continues to get determined by society. A disagreement can be achieved from this concept, but never won.
Men in Ministry, look at the church in Acts, which is church as handed to us by Jesus with the Holy Spirit. It is defined right here within this book and not designed to change.
We are told to hold back to get the strength of the Holy Spirit. The disciples waited for 10 days unified, praying together in a room for that Holy Spirit. We ought to agree that unity and prayer brings the power of the Holy Spirit.
The church's first move would have been to testify towards the public what Jesus had done. The energy from your Holy Spirit is vast as evidenced first inside a simple but bold message, which resulted in 3,000 people accepting Jesus and being baptized.
They devoted themselves for the Apostles' teaching and to fellowship, towards the breaking of bread, and prayer. They held my way through common. They studied the Bible; they shared all of their experiences; they ate together plus they prayed.
They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had a need.
Every day they continued to fulfill together. They ate in each other's homes. These folks were glad together sincere hearts, praising God. They took care of the needy they met with sincerity. They didn't deceive each other-no gossip, either-and these folks were cheerful. They praised God. God added to their number daily. (The church grew every single day.)
God performed miracles through them all time. They used the miracles to bluntly testify inside the passion for god, the father and much more were included with their number. When was the last time your touch healed someone?
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. These were filled up with the Holy Spirit and spoke the phrase of God boldly.They Prayed and were refilled with the Holy Spirit. Now when was the past time the ground shook within a church prayer meeting?
The apostles continued to testify.
God's grace am powerfully at the job in them, there were no needy persons included in this. God provided for every need. There was a lot purity, sin didn't have place, to the stage that whenever Ananias and the wife lied, they died. Sin cannot reside in the existence of God! Fear seized the whole church. Does the fear of god happens to the church today?
The Apostles continued to heal every single day.
When the disciples worshipped within the colonnade, nobody else would enter.
The apostles appointed men from the complaining faction to serve the people while they focused on testifying and preaching the Word. When there is an excuse for ministry work, the congregation should intensify to complete the job. How is this doing work in the church today?
So what exactly is the elephant within the room? The church has slowly lost all its effectiveness because it has slowly stopped doing what it really was made to do: Read the Word, Praise God, Pray, Fellowship, Evangelize, maintain your needy, meet continually in homes and the gathering place, and tithe.
Men in Ministry, the church appears like society: are you able to create a person lying with a pastor and dropping dead? Why doesn't which happen? Will there be a great deal sin inside the church that certain more sin doesn't make a difference? Has the Gospel been watered down? Our acceptance of a watered down Gospel and sin within the church is supporting the slow decline of the church. The amount of people actually pray and look at the Bible everyday?
If you position the frog within the water and warm it slowly, the frog will like himself swimming and splashing until it's cooked.
It is not past too far. II Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn using their wicked ways, i quickly will listen to heaven, and i also will forgive their sin and will heal their land."