Thursday, February 21, 2019

Both H.E.A.R.T. and Ministry and Manners will be held today as scheduled.

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Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

A thought penetrating question for most people is what they consider to be the main thing in life. Some would say to climb the corporate ladder, or to make lots of money. Others would say to stay in shape or to be healthy. Others would say to do what you want to do in life because life is short. However, the main thing in life is to know Christ as Saviour and to develop a relationship with God. When extending that same question to the church, of what is the main thing in the church. Some would say to get lots of people to attend. Others would say, to make sure the bills are paid, or to have nice facilities, but all of these answers are far from the right answer. This answer to this question for the church can be answered by identifying the purpose for which Jesus Christ came to this earth.

Luke 19:10
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Years ago in my pastoral internship a wise older pastor told me to make sure I keep the main thing the main thing in my ministry. He was referring to the main thing being reaching people with the Gospel of Christ. At Mt. Zion we are convinced of the Bible truth of the Great Commission.

Matthew 28:19-20
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

While many churches are changing their worship, and their personnel, and their message to try to reach crowds, whether it’s the young, or whether it’s the educated, or whether it’s the rich, we still believe God has called us to remain firmly anchored in the message of Scripture that Christ came to seek and to save that which was lost, and thus we find the mission of the church – to go and teach all nations, to preach the Gospel to every creature as Mark explains in Mark 16:15.

Recently, you may have had someone from our church knock on your door, or you may have received this newsletter or another mailing from our church. You may have recently moved into the area and received a letter welcoming you to our community and inviting you to our church. Maybe you have met some of our people in a grocery store or at a drive thru and received a piece of literature from them or an invitation to our church. You may be asking the question, why is this church so bent on sharing their message with others. Our outreach to our community is motivated by the love of God that constrains us.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

We are constrained to live our lives for Him and to spread the good news of the Gospel. We can only confirm what the apostles said in Acts 4:20.

Acts 4:20
For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

It is sad that many churches are dying on the vine so to speak, with little or no outreach to their community. While churches are flocking to social needs, they are failing to meet spiritual needs through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At Mt. Zion, you will find a church that is vibrant and caring for spiritual needs of people why remaining steadfast and unmoveable on the eternal truths of God’s Word. Has your church lost sight of keeping the main thing the main thing? Have you as a believer in Christ forgotten the responsibility of being a witness of Christ to others? Are you reading this article having never received Christ as Saviour to forgive you of your sin? Today you can call on the Lord as explained in Scripture and God promises to save you.

Romans 10:9-10
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

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