Is God’s Kingdom Already Here? Part 4


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I end this article series with this thought; the heart of what should be our focus before we even get into the trying to reach out to the lost. Acts 2:42 tells us,

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (NKJV)

         What good is going to do to bring people into our local churches if we are not in order? 1) We must be diligent in the study of the apostle’s doctrine. We can’t continue to bring the lost and the young into our theological ignorance and flat-out heresies. We need to study, show ourselves approve and stop embarrassing ourselves with motivational sermons that have nothing to do with God’s Word.[1] Honestly, some preachers desperately need to find a good college or seminary where their little theology can be challenge. 2) We must become a real family through fellowship. How many of our brothers and sisters in the church are a part of our lives? Are we eating in each other’s houses? Are we a part of birthday celebrations, special holidays or family cookouts? Our relationship with one another is not real, but we insist in taking on the world and bringing them into our hypocrisy. 3) We MUST pray! As a mater of fact, this is the key ingredient in our fellowship. We have fun, we play games, we eat, we laugh, but we pray as we gather together around our Heavenly Daddy.

         What else we, as leaders in the church, should be doing? We should be equipping people for the work of the ministry.[2] We can’t continue throwing people out there without training in the name of, the -Holy Ghost will take care of it-. God is a God of order and in His Word there is no contradiction. This idea that we don’t need training, that we don’t need to study and we don’t need to put in effort in anything, is a lie from the pit of hell.

         In conclusion, 1) We focus on God, the study of the apostles doctrine. 2) We love one another in true fellowship. 3) We pray together; many of us talk too much, complaint excessively, but pray too little. 4) We equip the saints to do the work of the ministry; and 5) We go into the world trusting God and, fill with the Holy Ghost… we give them JESUS!

 

 

 

[1] 2 Timothy 2:15

[2] Ephesians 4:12

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