I'm delighted to be this week's host of In "Other" Words. Read the quote below and give us your impression by linking up with fellow contributors at the end of this post.
"Our view of the Holy Spirit is too small. The Holy Spirit is the One who changes the church, but we have to remember that the Holy Spirit lives in us. It is individual people living Spirit-filled lives that will change the church.”
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Churches are getting lots of flak lately.
That church is a mile wide and an inch deep.
Churches don't preach enough about the blood of Jesus or the cross.
They're stuffy and impersonal.
That church is all about the show.
What happened to calling people out on their sin?
They only say what people want to hear.
There's not enough discipleship.
We need more churches with a heart for missions.
There's no compassion for the underprivileged.
Churches are more concerned about their numbers than their hearts.
I could go on and on. It's true. Churches struggle. Flaws abound. They could do better.
But who is "they?" Who is "the Church?" Isn't the Church a body of individuals? Isn't anyone who calls themself a believer or Christ follower responsible for its flaws?
The Church is suffering, but through Spirit-filled individuals real change can occur. We can't wait around for "the Church" to do it on its own. Exactly WHO do we blame? ALL OF US! Each member of the body of Christ must seek God, draw upon the inherent power of the Holy Spirit within and come alongside those who are weak. Any team is only as strong as its weakest member, right? We affect a genuine difference in our world through personal devotion and obedience, individual relationships and commitments.
Only then will the Church effectively reach a crooked and depraved generation. Only then will we represent the Bride adequately.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:27
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