Summary: We need Christ’s help to bring real healing
Christianity or Churchianity - Which are you a part of?” Some THINK they are part of Christianity when in truth they are really only part of a church. You can find people who are a part of Churchianity in any denomination that preaches that Jesus is the Son of God. Here is a question I ask when I am told about a dying person, or some other serious situation in a person’s life. “Are they saved? Do they know Jesus as their Savior?” The answer sometimes is, “Oh yes, he goes to church every week or he is the member of church or he has been baptized”. The question is “Is he really a Christian?” The fact that someone goes to church doesn’t make them a Christian anymore than swimming makes me a fish or being in a garage makes you a car. I would like to us to understand the difference between a Churchgoer and Christian? I believe EVERY Christian should be part of a Church, and to not be is disobedience to the Word of God (Heb.10:25). Christians should go to a local Church, but just because you go to Church doesn’t mean you’re a Christian. What is CHURCHianity - It is when someone is a part of a church and may even be very active, could even sing in the choir, or be an elder or deacon in the church, he is likely proud of his church and may even have down all the Christian lingo but yet, he has not ever personally accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. What is CHRISTianity - It is made up of individuals who have come to a realization individually that they are sinners in need of a Savior, who is Jesus Christ. They repent of their wretched sinful state before God, and accept the Death/Burial/Resurrection of Jesus on the cross to wash away their sins and to make them a new creation. They also give Jesus control of their lives as LORD and SAVIOR. Christians are followers of Christ. I Cor. 1:12, 13 - "Now this I say, that every one of you says, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?” Let us consider what Jesus said about what we are talking about: MT 7:21-23 “Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name have cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.” A person can even say the right thing, even say LORD, LORD, and yet NOT be SAVED. Christianity involves obeying our Heavenly Father! It says that MANY will say, we "Prophesied", "Cast out demons" and did "Many wonderful works" all "IN Your NAME". Gods answer to all that was "I never knew you". Never in the Greek means "not even at any time". So these were people who were NEVER saved! You may have been a part of Churchianity, but today God is calling you to RECEIVE HIM (JESUS) as your LORD and SAVIOR and become part of Christianity
HEALING ONLY COMES FROM CHRIST Luke 6:6-11
I. Sin disables us vs. 6 Jesus was out and about on the worship day.
Funny how we set our clocks to arise at 4:00am or 5:00am to be at the job by 7:30am, yet when Sunday comes we can’t get to church for 11:00am to praise the one who gave us the jobs!
Funny how we call God our Father and Jesus our brother, but find it hard to introduce them to our family.
Funny how small our sins seem, but how big "their" sins are. Funny how we demand justice for others, but expect mercy from God. Funny how people think they are going to Heaven but don’t think there is a hell.
He was in a church with a man who had a problem. He was teaching when he saw that man with a problem. Jesus was to encounter for a fifth time a conflict with the religious leaders. One of the accounts says it was his right hand that was withered. He had no way of making living with his hand that way. Some say that the man was a brick layer and needed his hand to work. There are people in our church today who have great ideas and or talents that have been unuseful because they have not been touched by Jesus. Sin is that way it disables us for the service we could be doing. Would you agree that some among us have never given to Jesus what in their lives needs to be touched? There are others who have been touched by Jesus and could be a blessing by using what they have but they fear what others might say if the did something.