The Church is Not...
Thursday, 29 May 2008 19:10
...composed of perfect people, but rather those who realize they are following a perfect Lord who revealed a perfect plan in a perfect book (James 1:21-25).
...composed of people who never sin, but rather forgiven sinners who acknowledge their faults and forsake them (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:8-9).
...trying to withdraw from everyone, but rather trying to draw everyone into the fellowship of Christ by walking in the light of Jesus Christ (John 12:32; Mark 16:15-16).
...trying to set up arbitrary rules to hinder anyone, but rather trying to show the rule of Christ which helps everyone (Galatians 6:2; 1 John 3:16-18).
...trying to take the joy out of your life, but rather trying to instill the beauty of holiness and true joy in your life (2 Chronicles 20:21; Philippians 4:4; 1 Peter 1:8-9).
...trying to separate you from your money, but rather trying to keep your money from separating you from God (Matthew 6:19-21; Luke 12:13-21).
...trying to rob you of your time, but rather trying to get you to put the priorities of your life in proper order so that you can enjoy eternity (Matthew 6:33).