Note:The writer of this blog offers you a humble apology. There have not been any posts in the last few months. I was on a break. While it is not wrong to be on a break, it was not right that readers were kept uninformed of the same.
It’s possible that you are a person who has been hurt by the church in the past. Or, you have never, ever, felt the need to depend on or trust church members with the good and bad in your life. And yet, today you might find yourselves surrounded by sincere, yet imperfect Christians in God’s sovereign plans.
You know in the back of your mind that God’s Word commands the disciples of Jesus to treat one another with deep, fervent love. You’ve heard time and again, the call to live truly as a church family. But you really can’t trust these people.
And why should I, you may ask? “I have no friends in the church. Whenever I’ve tried, they have only given me more problems. So it makes sense to avoid them now”, you say. “Tolerance and silent participation worked in school; it works here too”.
From March 6th, 2016 A.D., Marg churches, which operate in three different geographical locations in Pune have, for a season, started meeting on Sundays at our usual Koregaon Park hall.
If you are a newcomer and you want to find us on a Sunday, come to K.P. And where do you find us through the week? In these locations.
Marg takes church life and makes it biblical! Ok, wait.
It doesn’t sound biblical. Sounds more like a setback, doesn’t it?
“What happened to the local missions?”
“What went wrong with the local Sunday church meetings?”
“Why have we joined up to be one church again?”
These are some questions that might come to mind.
I think it’s best to remind ourselves of the church leaders’ announcement and it’s purpose. And I hope this will encourage readers, especially from the three Marg churches, to set their shoulders to the plow and plow away for the Kingdom of God to come in further fullness in Pune.
This world is broken, yet wrong-doing and pain takes you by surprise and anguish.
Marriages wither and become impassable gulfs.
Party leaders and national figures suddenly pass away.
Music bands split and inspiring movie stars wind up in jail.
There are, of course, reasons why such things happen. Marriages die due to lack of adoration and hard work and often, little adulteries that compound into a deadly avalanche of separation and divorce. Bands split due to misunderstandings and pride.
Party leaders die because death is the final equalizer and movie stars become prisoners because the law is a close second in the art of equalising.
Sin is at the root of all things that can go wrong and will go wrong.
If you have been part of Marg church gatherings, you must have heard the term ‘the local church‘ zap past you in at least a few discussions. If you are like me, you must have wondered – “whuhh, I wonder why do they say ‘local church’ and not just ‘church’?”.
How does it even matter?
There are two ways of defining anything:
Way #1 – How God defines it.
Way #2 – How everyone else defines it.
This is true for the local church too.
My precious brothers and sisters at Marg, other Christians and friends from other faiths could ask you why do you place such importance to your local church community.
You might have an answer ready, but is your response based from the Bible? If it is not, why should any Christ-follower trust what you have to say?