Should we make salvation easier than the Bible makes it? I am afraid in many cases we have and the results have produced very few disciples through the years. Often I have heard a well meaning leader say all you have to do is believe...but believing is not enough, even sincere belief. Is having faith enough? I think that depends on how a person defines faith. These days everyone seems to be defining what things mean to them which does not lead to the most accurate definition in many cases.
In the salvation experience and process the key lies in transformation. This begins when a person truly gives their life to Jesus and never stops until they leave this life. Could it be that there was a misunderstanding of faith after Paul preached it? This is possible I am sure as there is a misunderstanding of faith for many today. James comes back and further explains what kind of faith the Lord is looking for, the kind that leads to action.
Repentance is not always included in an invitation yet John The Baptist seemed to think it was important. Many times in scripture we see where Jesus gives examples of the narrow doorway and how hard it really is to be His disciple. Commitment is a word mentioned many times as well.
Transformation is not just behavior modification, people do that all the time depending on the particular situation they are in. Salvation should produce a transformation that has taken hold of and continues to mold a person's motives. Our behavior should always be improving because more and more we are giving way to this new reprogramming of our thoughts from the Bible and the Holy Spirit.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
We have now been to dinner with most everyone in the church and we've truly enjoyed getting to know folks and their past histories (how couples met, about their families, how they found their way to Cornerstone, etc.). As we serve together both in and out of the church this information will help even more to build our relationships and make friends.
My wife began the women's ministry last week and had a great turn-out. She has plenty of experience in this area and is very excited about her role. They will be concentrating on building up and encouraging the women as well as partnering with the overall strategy of outreach for the church.
In the coming weeks my plan is to meet with each SS Leader in their home to further discuss our overall direction, curriculum selection, strategies for reaching out to visitors, and discovering new prospects. Another concept I will seek to further explain is the need for "open" classes. Furthermore, I will be seeking input on how I might best assist them in this ministry.
It is already clear that we need two more classes; a young men's class and a young ladies' class, so I will begin praying to see if those leaders might already be in the church.
Posted by Todd at 9:00 AM