Monday, March 23, 2009

Pastors, the Church, & God's Work

And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:15)

Godly pastors are perhaps the most strategic change-agents in the world to help heal many of the problems society faces. Consider:

  • On any given Sunday morning across America, more Americans will attend church services than will attend all major sporting events for an entire year combined. No, that’s not a typo. I wrote it correctly. It is a statistical fact. That means more people will be in churches listening to a pastor teach God’s Word than all major sporting events (for an entire year) combined.

  • The pastors of all these churches influence a myriad of believers, who are living healthy lives because of their godly example. Often their work is not even acknowledged. Yet this world would be much worse off without them.

William Bennett (a Cabinet member of a former president) wrote: “The most serious problems afflicting our society today are manifestly moral, behavioral, and spiritual, and therefore are remarkably RESISTANT TO GOVERNMENT CURES.”

Doesn’t it seem ironic that at a time when politicians are recognizing we need a SPIRITUAL CURE many Christian people are acting like government is the cure?

It is a great privilege and fearful responsibility to be a servant in a local church. If I didn’t believe this role gave me the best chance of making a difference in people’s lives, I’d be doing something else.

The Church of Jesus Christ is the most noble and effective concept ever created; founded by God Himself. Despite all her faults (due to our sinfulness) it is God’s chosen instrument of blessing for the last two thousand years. The Church has survived persecution, widespread abuse, has built more schools, hospitals, and orphanages, and has done more to relieve human suffering than any other institution or organization in the earth!

Serving in the work of God (in any capacity) is worth giving our lives for.

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