Summary: What God expects of His Church; and the results of obedience
The problem with us church is that we want the easy way in life. We want the easy jobs, we want to easy route to our jobs, we want to sing the easy songs, some preacher like to preach the easiest sermons and pastor the easiest churches. We find that it is easier to stay home on Wednesday night therefore, we do not attend mid week services. We find it easier to stay home on Saturday morning therefore we do not visit the sick and shut-in; We find it easier to stay home on Sunday morning therefore many church members do not come to worship the Lord and fellowship with other believers, we as a Body of Christ, the church, finds it easier to just have service once or twice a month, on Sunday mornings and then go home and continue business as usual. However, church I stopped by to tell you this afternoon, Jesus never intended His body to become stagnated. For His last words to the disciples was to “Go into the world, I know church it is easier sometime to sit back and do nothing but Jesus did not intend for His church, His body to do nothing because His commands to us was to “ Go into the world and make disciples.” Now church we need to realize Go and make are active verbs, for to “go” means to leave, to travel; to depart; to set out or to move out. And to make means to create; to formulate, to compose. Therefore this lets us know that we the body of Christ, the church of the Living God should depart from these four walls and set out into the world to create disciples teaching them and baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
The Lord never intended His visible body to be shut up Monday through Saturday and then only have his members active for an hour on Sunday morning. Suppose you never moved your body but once a week and only for an hour at a time. Keep my mind clear Holy Ghost.
Now I do believe that the reason the church lack what it takes to Go and make disciples is because we are so full of doubt and is afraid of failure. The reason we are full of doubt and is afraid that we will fail is because we lack faith. Glory Hallelujah, keep my mind clear Holy Ghost. For without faith we cannot do the work which God expects us to do.
Now my brothers and my sisters, the reason some of us lack faith is that we do not understand what faith is.
Now Paul gives us the definition of faith in Hebrews the 11th chapter and the first verse, when he tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. In other words, faith is confidence that someone or something is reliable. Our whole life is based on faith. Without it, banks and post offices would not be possible. Paper money and credit cards would never be accepted. For the very word, credit is from the Latin verb, which means to believe.
John tells us in 1st John the fifth chapter and the fourth verse that faith is the victory that overcomes the world, the flesh, and the devil. John tells us “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And the victory that has overcome the world is our faith.”
Church we are born into eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. We are declared righteous before God by faith; we are forgiven by faith, are healed by faith; we understand the mysteries of creation by faith, we learn God’s word by faith; by faith we understand the things to come; we walk by faith and not by sight; we enter into God’s rest by faith; and we are controlled and empowered by the Holy Ghost by faith. Faith is the source of our strength our provision, our courage, our guidance and faith is the only thing that will sustain us in the trials and persecutions predicted for the last days. It is therefore important that we understand what faith is and how we get it and how it grows. Paul tells us in Roman 10: 17 that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Now the reason some of lack faith is because we do not study and mediate on the Word of God, and we do not attend services on regular basis to hear the Word of God. Glory Hallellujah, and because we do not have faith we cannot do the work which God expects of His church.
Faith allows us to see God. Faith allows us to trust God. Faith will make not want to sit back and do nothing; faith will make us ask for mountains.