“If you are not having Church when you leave Church, you are not having Church”
– Frank H. Stewart
This motto depicts the message that is clearly conveyed in the scriptures.
It is taken from James 1:22-25:
Do not merely listen to the word, an so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but he will be blessed in what he does.
– James 1:22-25 NIV
The above verse unmistakenly teaches how one should respond after hearing the Word of God. It is God’s will that what we hear in church be incorporated into our lives. For years many have gone to church and left the same way that they came. That is not the will GOD.
However, becuase some saw no changes, they became disenchanted with church altogether and stopped going. In essence, they were saying church doesn’t work!
The truth of the matter is that it is impossible for GOD’s Word not to work. If GOD declared it, it must come to past!
For as the rain comes down, and the snow for heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud,that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall MY word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to ME void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
– Isaiah 55:10-11 NKJV
For example, when we hear a message preached on healing and deliverance, we should leave church expecting to live a life of healing and deliverance.
I want you to know ultimately, the reason why church doesn’t become real in the lives of many is becuase of ignornace or simply not understanding the process of GOD’s Word.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for me; Becuase you have forgotten the law of your GOD, I also will forget your children.
– Hosea 4:6 NKJV