by pastor david
(1 Thessalonians 1:2 NKJV)
“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.”
A gentleman reportedly came to Charles Haddon Spurgeon looking for the perfect church. The famous preacher told him he had many saintly people in his congregation, but a Judas could also be among them. After all, even Jesus had a traitor in the company of His Apostles. He went on to say that some might walk disobediently, as had been the case among the believers at Rome, Corinth, Galatia, and Sardis. “My church is not the one you're looking for," said Spurgeon. “But if you should happen to find such a church, I beg you not to join it, for you would spoil the whole thing."
The church will never be perfect until she gets to Glory.
A man once said to me, " Well, I'm not going to church because there are too many hypocrites in the church.” I wanted to say; “There is always room for one more". Instead, I said, “Well you had better not go to hell then, because hell is full of hypocrites.”
Since local churches are made up of sinners saved by God's grace, no church is perfect but some churches are closer to the New Testament ideal than others. The church at Thessalonica was in that category.
At least three times in Paul’s letter to them he gave thanks for this church and the way it had responded to his ministry. (Read 1 Thessalonians 1:2, 2:13, 3:9)
They were examples or models of what Christians and church members should be. (1 Thessalonians 1:7) “For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place.”
May I ask you a personal question? Are you thankful for your Church? Are you appreciative of your Pastor(s), your fellow members, and your faithful workers who serve your Church?
More importantly, do you pray for your Church, its leaders, and its workers? Are you the kind of member that any Pastor would love to join his Church?
No, our churches are not perfect and never will be until Christ returns but in the mean time, let us say with the Apostle Paul, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.”
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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