Friday, January 30, 2015
They're gone now. Some here. Some there. Some left the church all together.
Theirs was one of the first churches in the city----pioneers.
They planted or helped start most of the other Independent Christian churches in the city.
They faithfully preached the gospel, sent foreign missionaries and did good in every way they could.
They married the young, buried the dead and encouraged one another, especially in worship.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward
love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as
some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another---
and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
They believed in following this Scripture closely and they faithfully came together on the Lord's day, primarily to WORSHIP. They believed in evangelistic outreach in any and every way as long as it was not against the Scriptures.
But they believed the assembly was for worship as was the place where they assembled. Worship is a religious matter and so the place where they worshiped was conducive to worship.
This body of Christians was a Christ centered,traditional, family of worshipers.
Change moved in. Not slowly, thoughtfully and with kindness and grace. But quickly and abruptly.
When the secular moved in and the traditional moved out hearts were broken, families were disrupted.
Yes, absolutely the church needs to reach out to the "nones" with the message of Christ.
But we do not need to destroy a great, old, traditional church of God in order to do it.
Wonderful churches like the one I have been describing are needed now more than ever.
These dear Christian brothers and sisters need to be allowed to meet on the Lord's Day to encourage one another until they go to meet Him or He comes to take them Home.
God bless the church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!