Purpose within the Christian Church – Commission from Christ

A high-five bonus with love from my Lord on “Secret Santa Day” at Church Set Free! As Don refers to this wonder of words: “SWMBO” – I prefer to regard her as Cathy Merritt.

She commented on Church set Free and I followed her here:

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

James 1:22-25 – One of my very favorite verses in all of the Scriptures is verse 22, and I can’t help but notice that it’s almost never quoted outside of a study of James; not even by me! I really love this verse because it just brushes past all the arguments and excuses and comes right down to the bottom line: Do what it says!!”

And yet another thank you from me, dear Father! 🙂

Simple Faith

Welcome back my friends to Simple Faith

We are looking at few things today – first the review I made on Thom Rainer’s books – “I Am a Church Member” and “Autopsy of a Deceased Church” and then the book of James.

My goal is to let you know that we each have an opportunity to change our church and make a difference. When I say our church I mean our universal Christian church.

The most widespread and common thread of our analyses was that the deceased churches lived for a long time with the past as its hero. They hold tight with each passing year. They often clung to things of the past  with hopelessness and fear. And when any internal or external force tried to change the past, they responded with anger and resolution: “We will die before we change.”

And they do.

Hear me clearly: these churches…

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4 thoughts on “Purpose within the Christian Church – Commission from Christ

  1. Paul this was a transcript of my Radio program. It was quite long or a blog, but I try and post most of my transcripts on my blog. Thanks for commenting. I think it was one of my better ones.


    • Cathy – quite a chunk of work to add a transcript! But useful – for scrolling up and down, scanning and stopping. I have yet to listen to the broadcast link – but am curious to do that after “reading” the broadcast 🙂


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