Category Archives: Body of Christ

Is the Church’s Marriage Failing?

McRaney in his book, The Art of Personal Evangelism states that God desires to restore community and family among the redeemed (p.16) and it is the family relationship that I want to focus on. First, the “relationship” with God the Father should resemble that of a marriage. Families are being destroyed all over the place due to weak marriages. So if the Christian population desires to reach the nation for Christ, then the earthly parallel, marriage; needs to be strong and create a godly impact for others to see. It’s not enough to attempt to create a relationship with God then evangelize to our neighbors for them to find that the one relationship that best symbolizes our relationship with God is frayed.

“God Himself was living a form of community, the Trinity, prior to forming mankind in His image” (McRaney, 17). Jesus represents the perfect form of a relationship, the perfect wedding (Revelation 19:7) and community. As stated above, if Christians are to provide a picture of these terms to the world, then it should start with the marriage and create a rippling affect to a community designed to worship and love God and others.

With that being said, it is imperative that the body of Christ equip families with the resources and Biblical insight to create godly marriages, families, and communities so the world can get a glimpse into what it is like for the church to be married to Jesus and be in perfect community within the trinity. Some of you may be thinking, that seems a bit harsh, we all make mistakes, are you saying I can’t evangelize if I have a broken marriage or family? No, I am not, but what I am saying is that in the overall scheme of things; a marriage or family that showcases the love and grace of God allows an unbelieving world to view the relationship God desires with his church/body of Christ.

Consider your relationship with your spouse today. Does it showcase the picture of our relationship with God? Can others see the love you have for one another? Can they see the sacrifice and forgiveness you give to one another? Or are you holding on to a hurt? Are you grumbling and keeping records of wrongs? God deals with us in grace, forgiveness, and love. God keeps no records of wrong (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). Jesus is the perfect bridegroom, the ultimate example that we should look to in our own marriages. Today is the day of change. I urge you listeners to get right with God and start reconciling your relationships for His glory!! As always I pray over my posts and my readers, but if you desire, please send me specific prayer requests to our e-mail: allsupministries@gmail.com and I will certainly pray for you and keep in contact to see how God is working.

References:

Will McRaney Jr., The Art of Personal Evangelism, Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing: 2003.

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Sunday School Activity: Funshop Gallery

First of all, the Allsup family wanted to wish our friend, Jordan Yerkes a very Happy Birthday today! Jordan, we pray you will receive God’s gift He has for you on this special day! And to all our readers, God has a special gift for you today too. I encourage us all to seek Him with all we have, so that our eyes will be open to what He has in store for us each day.

Photograph from Inbloom.com

Below, I have included a link to a PowerPoint for a Sunday School activity that church leaders might be interested in. The goal is to showcase God’s attributes in Art through the eyes of His people. It is a very fun and hands on activity that can be tweaked according to your church’s mission and purpose. Please use it, tweak it, and share it with others. My purpose is that the body of believers can link arms across the world to spread the message of God!

Funshop Gallery

Click the link above to open the PowerPoint.

Let me know if you do not have PowerPoint and I will e-mail you the concept.

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Immoral Church Leaders: What should the church do?

I want to expand more on the fact that more and more “church leaders are being disqualified from their positions because of moral failures.” My question is this, how can we stop that from happening? Can we? Do you think that the leader comes into the ministry with morals established from God’s Word but somewhere in their ministry they give into Satan’s trickery?

My take on this is simple. Just like any Christian, when leaders fail to read God’s word, pray, come to God with a contrite spirit, serve others, they fail to defend themselves against the enemy. So, when temptation comes their way, they are not prepared for battle, they left their weapons locked up, and unfortunately like David, they choose the temptation that Satan sets in front of them.

Now on the flip side, I also think as a church, we have an obligation to not cast these men and women out for Satan to finish off what he started and kill, steal, and ultimately destroy them. We need other leaders in the church that are devoted to the disciplines of God to be accountable and minister even to the pastors of our day. We are fighting an intense spiritual battle every day and it is so imperative that we, as Christians remain steadfast in our devotion and passion for the things of God and not the world. David had Jonathon to basically “slap his face” and get him focused on what is right and true again. Do churches today have that type of leadership established throughout the church?


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