size doesn’t matter

November 29, 2016

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I visit and preach in a lot of different churches, various denominations, if I’m preaching in the a.m. service I will visit the pm service or vice versa. I am often amazed (not in a good sense) of what constitutes a church service. I am saddened when I know the pastor is not anointing his sermon, or his life in prayer. And the sad fact is all suffer from it. the pastor grows bitter, the wife is unhappy, the children can’t wait to get out of the house and the church itself, the body  of Christ suffers. No leadership, false doctrine, like a ship in a storm with no captain and no rudder, all are doomed.

And I’ve met men who have built large churches, but still suck at preaching, but they have the formula down for attracting a crowd, they cater to itching ears, pride and self-fulfillment. They are polished, slick and hollow, their congregations are shallow, whimsical and fodder for the world to chew up and spit out.

And then there are the men toiling in tiny churches, a handful of people show up and yet their sermons are jewels of bible spirit, prick them and they bleed bible and their lives are filled with prayer.

Size doesn’t matter, the prayer life does. No on the fly praying, no lucky charm prayers, a bended knee and a humble heart. Heart to God, hand to man.

  1. M. Bounds says the following:

“What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use – men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men – men of prayer…Prayer makes the man; prayer makes the preacher; prayer makes the pastor…Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God’s work and is powerless to advance God’s cause in this world.” [E. M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer (Moody, 1979), 10, 15].

The heart of spiritual power is prayer. The apostle Paul asked for prayer: “Brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” (2 Thess. 3:1). Again Paul asks, “…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – and for me, that utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel…” (Eph. 6:18-20). And again, “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains” (Col. 4:2-3)

Pray for your pastor, pray he burns for a closer walk to God and a pulpit that is on fire with the truth of God’s word.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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