Mabye It's Time To Stop Trying To Improve On His Plan

Christian bookstores are full of books on how to grow a church.
Bible colleges offer courses on growing churches.

There might be some good things to learn from them but  a person can't help but wonder if we're looking in the wrong book.

Don't we already have the answer?

John 6:44 says,  "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them"
We need to be praying that hearts will be softened and that God will be drawing people to himself.
Programs are good but they won't get the heart, only God can do that.

In the book of Acts the New Testament church as we know it today was born or had it's beginning. Chapter 2 verse 47 says, "the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
The Lord added them, men didn't.

God speaks through His Word and hearts are convicted and lives are changed through His Word and yet somehow, the Bible the very power we need,  has taken a backseat in church.
We're afraid people won't be interested, or they won't understand or it won't be applicable to life today.

How crazy is that?
I mean do we really think the God of the universe wasn't capable of writing what was needed for all time?
Do we really think God gave us an out of touch book.
That would take some nerve to think no more of God than that.


The Word of God is living and active and shaper than a double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing the soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

The very things that will produce results and never ever come back void or without effect is the Word of God.

Yet we in our new way of thinking put the Bible in the back seat and watch a movie on a Bible topic or read a book written by a man that was meant to be a supplement, not the meal.

"We have much to say about this, but it's hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand . In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food. Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil."
Hebrews 5:11-14

If we could get back to the Word in our churches and not be afraid of it and turn it loose to do what it was meant to do the church would grow, because God will grow it.
The Bible, the Word of God is just the stick of dynamite needed to blow the doors of the church wide open.
The Bible, the Word of God the power of God lies still  and unused on our pews  while we go to the Bible bookstore to buy a self help church growth  book.
We have got to stop trying to come up with a better plan than God gave us.
We have to fall in love with Him and His Word,  we need to  repent, and change and  walk in a new life and  become the salt of the earth like God said we were to be.
Our changed lives will make others thirsty and then we can tell them about the Living Water, about Jesus.
Sadly most every Sunday morning in any given church you could go through the whole service and never see a Bible.
God forgive us.
What are we thinking?
The Word of God is how he speaks to us today but we're to busy trying to come up with our own plan to read and follow His.
Take your Bible to church Sunday and go even one further, read it today.

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