Last week, we defined “Church through the week” basically with 3 statements:
1. “Church through the week” begins with true concern for one another.
2. “Church through the week” doesn’t neglect the neighbourhood.
3. “Church through the week” means repenting of our masks and making the most of the time we have.
Question for this week : How are salvation and “church through the week” connected?
“Church through the week” will make sense when we see it as an outcome of our identity which God created through salvation. We don’t have to meet as a church even once a week to achieve salvation, no, but the joy of salvation makes us generous toward our fellow Christians- in matters of time.
It is possible that a Christian working 11-hour shifts at an oil rig, 70 kms off the coast, has more concern for his spiritual family than a person who lives just 5 minutes away from the church hall. The off-shore guy has the spiritual readiness that is essential for what Marg calls “church through the week”!
This sacrificial mindset is an implication of who Jesus has made us now. It’s part of the rescue from sin which Jesus accomplishes for anyone who rejects their false ideas of who God is and falls helplessly on the Jesus to save them from the supernatural punishment God promises to all sinners.
We, who were known by the Lord Jesus, we are the ones who did not deserve one gracious glance from Him, not one of His blessings. Yet here we are, cleansed of our former deep stains, washed clean from the guilt and the power of sin, made brand new the day God showed us our desperate need for Him!
Salvation is not just a feeling; it’s a reality. The Spirit of God confirms to the person that their very being has been irreversibly changed. Our old identities melt away and new identities are forged. One of them is spiritual family.
Anyone going through the Marg community handbook, would notice phrases like “Co-Identity” and “Church through the week”.
THROUGH the week?!
We meet on Sundays, and in the week; there’s prayer meetings and bible studies. Does “church through the week” mean we are expected to meet every day of the week? Did we just land in Ridiculous-land?
Is Marg suggesting it’s members should spend those precious evening hours in yet another Bible discussion with a fellow believer when they should be with their spouse and children? Continue reading “Church Through The Week – A Problem or A Privilege?”
Doesn’t that phrase conjure up images of cult leaders, dressed in purple robes, dressed to kill, literally?
Leaders who make their congregations drink poison because “the world is going to end”, whenever they thought it fit. You remember names like David Koresh and Jim Jones, and shudder. People who claimed to be “men of God”, followers of Jesus, but whose actions clearly showed they were maniacs who gave two hoots about Jesus and were all about what they could gain by abusing His name and abusing people made in His image.
You are certain you will never find such nutcases in your church.
What makes you think your church is safe from false teaching? You might want to say–
“False teachers are mostly found elsewhere- but not here in Pune and definitely not in Marg!”
“We are well-prepared to counter anyone trying to mess with the WORD of God. No one can mislead us!”
“Look, our church is so small, we are not even big enough for them to find us. What are the chances?”
Let’s answer that last question after reading two real-life incidents. Continue reading “” False Teachings? In My Church?! “”