To fulfill God's design means entire abandonment to Him. ~ Oswald Chambers
Church shouldn't be about the music, the programs, or the even about the fellowship. None of which are bad things. Yet so many times these this become tend to replace its purpose. The Church's purpose, however, is to "build up the Body of Jesus Christ."
The programs and praise, music and meditation, sermons and services, gifts and guest speakers - at the center of all of it, everything must be Jesus Christ and His purpose.
The success of failure of the Church will be determined by Him. It is not the attendance, applause, the amount or approval of others. It is Who brought us there, and the reason we return.
Ephesians 4:11-13 11) Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.12) Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13) This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. (NLT)
Melinda started her fifth year of her devotions reading Oswald Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest. In 2015 she has made the commitment to share what this year's journey. Taking a detour, she began living Every Day With Jesus