A HEALTHY CHURCH… is built one life at a time

Happy February Tabernacle Baptist Church family and extended family.

 

Last month we looked at the overall theme and verse for Tabernacle Baptist Church in 2019: “I Will Build,” taken from Matthew 16:18, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” We noted  that this verse is referring to the greater body of believers primarily, and not a specific church building. This passage is both a marvelous promise and a clear challenge for us to keep focused upon our rock Christ Jesus, and the wonderful good news of the Gospel. A healthy church is built by Christ, on Christ. It is amazing how the Bible is so full of practical promises and clear direction! If we want church health and divine power, focus on Christ. If we don’t care about church health and divine power, then focus on everything BUT Christ. That will guarantee an unhealthy and powerless church in no time!

 

If that verse isn’t exciting enough, the theme verse for February is just as inspiring: II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

 

The above words were spoken by God to Solomon in a dream. This is a marvelous verse. It is even more powerful if we take to heart that the same God who spoke these words to Solomon is the same God that we communicate with today. In this passage, Solomon had just completed building the Jewish temple. All through chapter 6, Solomon prays at the dedication of the temple. He pleads that if Israel drifts away from God that He will forgive their sin and take them back if they repent. Solomon prays and pleads with God at length over every possible scenario of spiritual drift that Israel might face in the future. Solomon reaffirms in prayer God’s greatness and power. He reminds God of the promises He made to them. He asks that if the people are taken away from their land that God will bring them back if they turn from their sin. He pleads for God’s hand of blessing. Solomon leaves no stone unturned. Solomon is serious about seeking Gods blessing, power, and fulfillment of His promises. Read II Chronicles 6. It is really an incredible chapter.

 

Following their dedications, celebrations, and a great show of God’s power (read chapter 7 for the details), He answers Solomon in a dream by night saying, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

 

Friends of Tabernacle Baptist Church and extended Christian family, this is exactly what we need. We as believers in Christ need to humble our hearts, seek God’s face, and put away any sin in our lives. Then we can expect to hear from God, have His forgiveness, and experience His healing.

 

We are seeking a touch of God, and we have the formula right here.

 

Isn’t our God awesome?