Certainly we should try to reach as many people as we can with the good news of Jesus Christ, but all the while, we should also remind ourselves that some of the people in our crowd will walk away and we should not be devastated when they do. Bigger isn’t always better.
When I am tempted to be overwhelmed by the problems in the church, I need to remind myself that it is not up to men to build the church. Jesus told us that he, himself, is the one who builds his church (Matthew 16:18).
In his bo Turning Points, Mark Noll quotes from St. Benedict’s instructions on selecting an abbot. As I read it, I thought that it is very applicable to church leaders in any generation so I thought I would it here.
If you are discouraged about church, it may be that your expectations are too high.
Church is not a gathering of the mature. Church is not a gathering of the wise. Church is not a gathering of the beautiful.
Church is a gathering of those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ.