Challenges For The Church of Today

God’s pur­pose in all this was to use the church to dis­play his wis­dom in its rich vari­ety.” Eph 3:10 NLT

Here are three of the chal­lenges the church faces today:

  1. We can’t expe­ri­ence a new move of God if we insist on cling­ing to an old one. God’s pur­pose in all this was to use the church to dis­play his wis­dom in its rich vari­ety.” The word revival does­n’t sim­ply mean awak­en­ing some­thing that’s asleep. It also means res­ur­rect­ing that which is dead or dying, and caus­ing it to come to life again.
  2. We fear excess, so we embrace medi­oc­rity and call it bal­ance. Peo­ple aren’t drawn to us because of our sim­i­lar­i­ties, but because of the things that make us unique. When it comes to our faith and our tes­ti­mo­ny, we must­n’t down­play, soft—pedal, or side­step the very things God has giv­en us that make us dis­tinc­tive. If we do, peo­ple will be dis­ap­point­ed and go else­where. The dis­ci­ples did­n’t blend in with the crowd; their mes­sage and the demon­stra­tion of its pow­er made them stand out.
  3. We need to make room in the church for risk-tak­ers and faith-walk­ers. In the first mir­a­cle Jesus worked, chang­ing water into wine, Mary told the ser­vants, “What­so­ev­er he saith unto you, do it” (Jn 2:5). Our need to be liked and to be pop­u­lar can lead to a reli­gious spir­it that crip­ples risk—taking and faith-walk­ing. Jesus promised: “Ye shall receive pow­er, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be wit­ness­es unto me” (Ac 1:8).

So when God tells us to “do church” dif­fer­ent­ly, let’s not be afraid to step out and obey Him.

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA. pub­lished on 10/09/2019, pp 24.