Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Find A "Word-Based" Church!

Find A "Word-Based" Church!
by pastor Rich Allcorn

Last week we discussed the subject of the calling on your life. You see, God "wants you" to fulfill the calling that He has foreordained you to do! It's "HIS PLAN" for you! Why wouldn't He want you to discover it, and walk in it? We also discussed the fact that God will often send you out "before" you see the "stuff" you think you need! All He really needs is YOU! He sent out the disciples, not just the twelve, but the seventy as well! They left with basically "nothing" in their hands but their hiking stick and their jacket! But God provided for them!

This week we want to address the importance of your being "CONNECTED" ... with a church! Now not just any church will do here. You need to be in a Bible-based church, where they are teaching and preaching the Word of God! If you go to a church and they never have you open your Bibles during the service ... or you don't see anybody carrying their Bibles to church, GET OUT QUICKLY! You are in a place where you will "die" spiritually, from hunger and lack of teaching! Jesus told us to "study the Word", to "remain" in it, and only THEN would we find THE TRUTH, and that "THE TRUTH" would set us free! (John 8:31-32)

So you see it is very, VERY important for you to hook up with a church where they are preaching the Word of God! I remember once church I attended where the folks were getting excited because (and I quote) "the Holy Spirit was holding a dime up on my wall at home". Now I know God "can" do this, but what is the point? You might as well sit in front of the TV and watch "entertainment"! God is not into "entertaining" you - HE WANTS YOU TO GROW! He wants you to LEARN! And HE WANTS YOU VICTORIOUS! And it is not going to happen if you're getting hung up on parlor tricks and mental candy. I like the way Kenneth Copeland puts it, "Preach the Word!"

He's just quoting what the Bible tells us:
2 Timothy 4:1-2 [New American Standard Bible]
"I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

1 Corinthians 1:17-18 [New American Standard Bible]
"For Christ has not sent me to baptize, but to preach glad tidings; not in wisdom of word, that the cross of the Christ may not be made vain. For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us that are saved it is God's power."

Preach The Word!
So we find that even Jesus went out to "preach the Word" to the people! Paul said to "preach the Word"! Timothy "preached the Word".

Why preach the Word? Look at 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 ... IT IS THE POWER OF GOD! God's mighty power is made manifest in the preaching of His Word! It "glorifies" Him. It is "praise" to Him. It "exalts" Him when we preach His Word! And His power is then manifested ... to heal, to deliver, to set free ... those who are in the hearing of it! And "that" is what Jesus said that He was sent to do!

Until next week, spend the rest of this week considering where you are in your life today. Is your church preaching the Word of God? Do you see people carrying their Bibles to church where you go? To you leave "refreshed", and ready to tackle the week? Are you challenged by your brothers or sister there ... be be "better" ... to "step out" and BE that thing that God has called you to be? If not, pardner it's time to start looking for a "Word Church"! I've been there! The best thing you can do if your church is not preaching the Word of God is to "get out quickly"! Find some place where they've got their Bibles out! Go man go! Get in a place where the "power" of God is present, and where the people are "obedient" to what God set as a precedence in His church - to "preach the Word".

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