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What If?

March 6, 2014

I don’t make a habit of making bold statements.  I really don’t.  In fact, what I’m about to say probably won’t be perceived as a bold statement…even though it feels bold to me.  This might mean I’m a coward…it might mean I’m timid…but I prefer to think it means I’m gentle (in a super masculine way…whatever that means).  But here goes; I bet you haven’t considered who you could bring to church with you this week.  Wow…that was it.  All that build up and that’s all I brought to the table.

Seriously though…think about it for just a second.  Have you considered who you could invite to your church this week?  And listen…this isn’t about church recruitment.  We have enough people running around trying to pick off faithful members of churches in order to get them into their building…onto their roles…to feed their pride.  I’m talking about people who need the Gospel.  Have you considered which of those people you might bring with you?

If not, what if you did? What if you invited someone to come to church with you this week? What if that person had never heard the Gospel before? What if they heard it Sunday and the Holy Spirit opened their eyes…transformed their heart…and they were saved. What if they were someone who had just been absent from the church for a long time? What if they really missed the fellowship and community of the body of Christ…but were just too nervous to step out on their own? What if you were the one who helped them get connected?

What if everyone took empty chairs personally? What if we saw empty chairs and looked at them as opportunity?

What if we weren’t cowards? What if we actually believed that the Gospel…that Jesus…saves us from condemnation? What if we cared enough about the people in our lives to do our best to see that they had the opportunity to hear the truth? What if we put others before ourselves…our comfort, our sleep, our fears of rejection? What if we trusted Christ to do exactly what He said He was going to do for His Church…to build it?  What if we understood what Paul wrote in Romans 10 when he said,

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?  And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?  And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel.  For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

What if we believed that God could save through the preaching of the word of Christ?  And what if we understood that the most merciful thing that we can do for anyone is introduce them to the Savior…the Redeemer…the Lord?  What if we were obedient to Christ’s commission?  What if we made a habit of preaching the Gospel to ourselves…so it wouldn’t be so difficult to share with others?  What if I weren’t such a hypocrite…and you saw this ethic in my life?

What if we saw each other Sunday morning…and we praised the Living God for what He has done…is doing…and will continue to do?

Let’s do that!

SAPC Pew

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  1. David Layman permalink
    March 6, 2014 8:24 pm

    Thanks brother. Between you and Keller this week I have some soul searching to do. ;0

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