As I have been given the privilege to visit many churches around the world, some small, some large, I am heartbroken at the general weakness and immaturity in most. I have been in some church buildings that would easily seat several hundred, but only twenty-five or thirty attended.
In the following blogs I want to trace the method used in the early church, and particularly by Paul, that strengthened and established churches that were strong in faith, resistant to false teaching and able to multiply. There was a Holy Spirit-given discontent with just being religious.
To start, Paul refers to himself as “a skilled master builder” by the “grace of God given to” him. He “laid a foundation” through his ministry that endured, “which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:10-11). If any existing church is to be strong, they must build on this foundation. That is why Paul’s first letters focus on the pure gospel. There was a movement in the early church to weaken the church by some preaching a false gospel. This had to be confronted if new believers and churches were going to stand firm in the grace of Christ. I will go into more detail when we look at Paul’s first letter – Galatians. I encourage you to read it through.
Let us not be afraid to examine our churches and ask whether they are strong and well established. We will also outline what marks a church like this.
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