Saturday, December 15 2007
Today is Saturday (just in case you did not know) and that means that we are within 24 hours of attending church so I ask a simple question. Why do we go to church? Do we go because we get the warm and fuzzies? Does it make us fulfill an obligation to our ourselves and to our family while somehow acknowledging God? Do we go because it is truly life altering?
It is hard for some to imagine that any particular church service can be life changing, but the Word states:
Ezezekial 46:9But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it.
I have preached using this scripture and talk of it often at Cornerstone Chapel because it speaks of the people leaving through a different gate then they came. Simply, they left differently then they arrived. We can leave each church service changed by the presence and word of God. I am not speaking of a the preacher had a great sermon today change, but a change that is truly life altering. We can walk into a presence and anointing so that people are delivered, healed and filled with the Holy Ghost. In your service tomorrow, do you believe that God can deliver someone from drugs or heal another of cancer. God is where his people are no matter the size of the church for the Bible states:
Matthew 18:20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
I believe in church growth and the concepts of church growth, but the number one outreach tool is not a nursery or a program that caters to the desires of people. The most important outreach tool is the anointing of the Holy Ghost. It heals families, uplifts people and changes minds.
I challenge each of you to spend some time praying specifically for the church service you will attend tomorrow. Pray for your pastor that they preach the word with an authority and pray that you have receive what is preached. Prayer is the key to walking into the presence of God and it open the doors of heaven so that the anointing is poured out.
Have a wonderful service tomorrow.