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Notes on looking for a Biblical Church part 11

07/30/2017

Notes on looking for a Biblical Church part 11
To start this series, go here.
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  1. Leadership with depth of spirituality

This should probably be #1 in this list.  This goes with #9.  Deeply spiritual men are hard to find.  I know the term is hard to define, but when you meet one, you will know it.   These men are marked by humility, acknowledging readily and openly their sin and weakness in brokenness and repentance.  Their total dependence is on God, relying completely on the power and infilling of the Holy Spirit to do the ministry God has called them to do.  They admit there is nothing in themselves that makes their service of any use, and at times, may not even want the job, feeling they are inadequate for the task.  They use their spiritual gifts, not natural talents, to fulfill their God-given calling.  The outcome of this may cause a tension in their being, because it most likely goes against what they have learned of what works in the world’s marketplace.

These men will inspire you just simply with who they are.  Their lives will challenge you to live more carefully in the footsteps of Jesus, in repentance and humility .   Paul said for others to follow him as he was following the Master.  How many in leadership dare say that today?  But these are very the men who should be elders in the local church.  They should be the ones who preach every Sunday. They should be the ones who are making the decisions that affect the local Body, spiritual and otherwise.

So I am looking for spiritual men who can challenge me to be more like Christ, to combat sin in my life, to become more of the godly husband and father I need to be.  I have heard it said that a congregation will spiritually rise no higher than the pastor.  After spending my whole life in the church, I want to be challenged to be more than I am now, and that can only come from men who are already there.

Why is it that “Bible” studies are mostly attended by women?  Where are the men?  Have men been so marginalized in the church that they are now depending on the women to be spiritual leaders, not only in the church but at home, so they don’t see the need and just stay home?  Yes, for some reason, women were created more sensitive to the things of God, but where does that leave men?  Are we relegated to playing catch-up all the time, leaving the spiritual training of fellow believers and our children to the women, especially our wives?  I’m looking for a church where men are seekers after God, who want to be challenged by His Word by study and self-examination , who seek to live Godly lives and want to humbly lead their families and their church in righteousness and holiness.

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Well that’s my list.  All of these points are Biblical and needed, in my view, to have a Biblical church.  From your experience, can you see why it’s so hard to find one?   Do you have a similar list?   Where has your church compromised in its quest to become bigger and better and user- friendly?  What Biblical compromises have you had to make to attend there?

As a side note, we have indeed found a place to call our church home. I have a check mark in my little notebook beside every one of these notes that this church body fulfilled, and that was only after our first Sunday there. All of what I have listed here is met in the leadership and the people, and after several months there, attending just about everything they have to offer, I am more convinced they fit the criteria I set out to find.  I have intentionally not mentioned this until now and will not tell where it’s located unless asked directly and personally, because I do not want this to become a cheap puff-piece of advertising for this Body of Believers.   It’s not why I have shared this.

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us”.  Eph. 3:20

This verse has direct application to our search.  When we sat through that first service, I could not believe what I was hearing, seeing, and experiencing.  I thought for sure that we were going to have to compromise something Biblically essential to finally find a place to call home.  I pulled out my little notebook and went through the list…it was all there that morning.  Is this possible…is this really happening?  My wife and I wept during that first service, and looked at each other after it was over, knowing what the other was going to say.

“Thank you, Jesus, for your grace extended to us in our search, for it is truly over.”

Now we can get on to fulfilling what God has in store for us in our new home, becoming more like Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, and serving others in His Mighty Name with the meager offering of our broken selves on the altar of selfless servanthood.

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The full text of this series can be found here.  It’s 10 pages printed out.

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