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By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries

 

Most religions do not involve a personal relationship with the Lord. People who worship Buddha cannot sing, “Yes Buddha loves me.” Marriage is a relationship. Friendship is a relationship. Christianity is not just a religion, but Christianity is a relationship with Christ.

There is more to Christianity than just attending church. Christianity daily involves all areas of our life. The greatest testimony to the world is a changed, consistent Christian who has a relationship with Christ. Christianity involves two things in worship: Christians edified and God glorified. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (1) For the perfecting of the saints, (2) for the work of the ministry, (3) for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till we all come in the unity of the faith” (Eph. 4:11-13).

Edify is to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift; encourage; build others spiritually. The opposite of edification is to demean, criticize, put-down, or discourage. Some have forgotten the purpose of Christianity. One woman was asked to leave the church because she was an embarrassment to them. Later as she prayed and cried, the Lord said, “Don’t let it bother you, I have been trying to get in that church for 20 years.”

The Lord put an emptiness within us that only He can satisfy (Psa. 107:9). Christians the relationship of Christ and also others. Without Christ, there would be no Christianity or church. The Lord loved the church, and Christians should also love the church. The church refers to people, not just a building. God is only interested in people. People do not care what you know until they know you care.

Some church leaders asked a young boy, “Why do you pass our church to go to another church?” The boy said, “That church sure knows how to love a little boy like me.” It seems today’s slogan is, “Come as you are and leave as you came.” It is sad that some leave services more discouraged than when they came. It is a great blessing when you sense that special “touch” on the music, the message, and in your heart.

There is no substitute for the presence of God. I heard one pastor say, “There is a broken heart on every pew.” Christians need the relationship and fellowship of being loved and edified. It is a great blessing when you leave the services strengthened, stronger, sweeter, and more sensitive to others. You truly feel like you have been to church. Church should be a time to be edified and a time to glorify God. You need the church and the church needs you. Sometimes, what is missing in ch_ _ch? UR! So, let’s all go to church! These are Words of Wisdom.

Ted Camp is director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry based in Trenton. E-mail him at TC@silentword.org.


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