Jeters Chapel    

     CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN      

Study of the Word

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 the angel 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 and make 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's an undertone within certain circles 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, is empowered by the Holy Spirit, preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ to the repentance and salvation of precious souls and focuses on pleasing God rather than men.


Continuing the work of Jesus Christ

Peacefully, Simply, Together