I just ran across this page that speaks about the “problem” with the local Church and that it inhibits growth.
Can you imagine that?
From the Beginning the Church was established by Jesus Christ –
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
The Apostles and some selected others went around as missionaries while they always returned to the Church.
The Church is the base of operations from where we train our members to each become individual representatives of Jesus, bringing the Gospel to whomever the Spirit of God leads them.
The Church is where the new converts and visitors are brought. It is there they also learn and grow.
The Church is where we collectively worship God. Our music wafts up to heaven and is sweet in His ears.
How on earth is the Church not the center of our attention?
We feed, clothe and help to shelter the poor and we reach out to the entire community from the church.
Would this writer prefer all were nomads walking to and fro with nothing but old clothes and sandals? Perhaps we can all stand on corners shouting the end is coming.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a place for going from place to place such as missionaries and to stand on corners as John the Baptist. However, it is not the job of the entire Church and the church should not be dissolved because everyone does not have that calling.
1Co 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
I am proud to say that every adult in our church is not only capable of sharing the Gospel effectively but do so at every available opportunity.
We have door knocking on Saturdays where we reach out to the community and we usually have a minimum of fifty people. We have two by two reaching out to the parents of the children that attend the Church, we have weekly visitation also.
We support only one missionary and hope we will be able to increase that number as the funding is available.
We also have a student in college and we train the children in Academics as well as music.
The local Church is not a hindrance to the Gospel but a rock, like the one it’s built on, in which so many attach their anchors.
Perhaps the writer who has said these things about the local Church, needs to join one that is following God’s mandate.