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When we find ourselves in difficulty it is easy to ask ‘Why’—Why me? Why is this happening to me? What is God doing? What’s the point of this?
Churches should take the lead in compassionately caring not only for those who are hurting, but also for those who are caring for the hurting. Why? Because when one part of the body hurts, the rest of the body steps up to fill in the gaps.
Salvation is all of the Spirit. We talk about the the Spirit’s role in the sanctification of believers. But in the day-to-day life of the Christian, how much time do we spend thinking of the Spirit and how much he provides for us as we live lives unto the glory of God?
So if we sing this hymn seriously and in faith — really wanting God to keep us from wandering so we persevere and make it to his heavenly courts — what are we asking God for? What does losing our proneness to wander look like?
Reading a devotional work or listening to a sermon can stimulate your spirit. But this is not the same as reading and studying the Bible for yourself. You need to hear directly from the mouth of God.
Perhaps two analogies will help.
Ten Reasons Why Many Churches Aren’t Evangelistic (Update)
I could cite you a plethora of statistics that demonstrate the evangelistic apathy of most of our churches in North America. But I really don’t think you need much convincing.
Instead, based on my conversations, I will share with you those key reasons why we aren’t evangelistic. Here are ten of them: