Is Jesus present, in our Church Services?
Yes, certainly, and many will quote: Matthew 18:20
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
Jesus said, “I will never leave or forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Should there be more? This is as it should be.
Acts 13:44-52. (AMPC)
“The next Sabbath almost the entire city gathered together to hear the Word of God [concerning [a]the attainment through Christ of salvation in the kingdom of God].
But when the Jews saw the crowds, filled with envy and jealousy they contradicted what was said by Paul and talked abusively [reviling and slandering him].”
The problem always lies with envy and jealousy.
The Spirit of God, is present in one Church,it is growing, vibrant, lives are being changed.
The members of the dead Church down the street get jealous, envious.
It’s Dead, not because God isn’t there, but because it is so filled with reverence, rituals and ceremony, that there is no room for the Lord, to act.
They love the Lord, but fill the service, with man’s busyness, because they long ago realized it was easier to do that, then Worship in Spirit and Truth.
They can’t be still and know He is God and allow Him, by way of Praise and Worship, to minister.
They will not, go to see this wonderful thing, find out why, the other church is growing.
After all our Pastor is wonderful and teaching the truth. They only go to that growing Church, for the music, drama or the Preacher doesn’t preach the word, he just tickles the ears.
It bothers me to hear folks say, of any man of God, he isn’t teaching the Word.
Have you sat down and searched the Scriptures to see if this is true?
No, his teaching disagrees with what you have been taught. The Bible is full of wisdom, revalation and knowledge.
We must Believe it over what we may have been taught.
“And so the Word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through Christ] scattered and spread throughout the whole region.
But the Jews stirred up the devout women of high rank and the outstanding men of the town, and instigated persecution against Paul and Barnabas and drove them out of their boundaries.
But [the apostles] shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium.
And the disciples were continually filled [throughout their souls] with joy and the Holy Spirit.“
Take a look at your services, is the peace that passes understanding there?
How about joy unspeakable and full of glory?
Signs and Wonders, people getting saved, set free?
If not, you should go check out that growing Church, study the Word, see if they are teaching Truth.
If they are, that’s where you should Worship, because that is where you will grow. Amen