7th September 2012 by Bill Davis

“We are a new church made up of imperfect people. We  are sojourners striving to figure out what it means to celebrate fully, connect  personally, create extravagantly and live on mission daily.”

When I read this, I could not help but think of our churches today. Shouldn’t our churches be “reborn” and renewed periodically? The excitement of a new church and a new congregation; this has got to be wonderful in the eyes of the Lord. The birth or rebirth of a church is much like a pregnancy. Some churches are formed out of discontent or disagreement with a particular denomination’s beliefs or discontent within a present congregation. Somewhat like an unplanned pregnancy. There are others that are formed out of love and devotion to God.

John 15:5 New International Version (NIV); “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;apart from Me you can do nothing.”

The idea for a new church is often “conceived” through much prayer, and even discomfort or pain. Like a newborn, the church needs to be cared for, fed and nourished. There should be times when you wake up at 2AM to “feed” your own mind with thoughts of growing the church in the same way you feed a baby. With love and proper care this child will continue to grow.

Acts 5:14 New International Version (NIV); “Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.”

What kind of parent would you be if all you did was “visit” this child once a week and then just see what you could get from him or her? Always complaining and never really trying to help. Jesus cared deeply for His church, the people.

John 15:4 New International Version (NIV); “Remain in Me, as I also remain in you.No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”

Acts 11:21 New International Version (NIV); “The Lord’s hand was with them,and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.”

Through fellowship and worship, we can all grow stronger as Christians; whether in a reborn church or a new church just being formed.

Acts 9:31 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “The church in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria now had a time of peace and kept on worshiping the Lord. The church became stronger, as the Holy Spirit encouraged it and helped it grow.”

We must not only remember the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, but we must heed them as well.

Matthew 28:19-20 New International Version (NIV); “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teachingthem to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with youalways, to the very end of the age.”

Bill Davis

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