If you read Life with Lynnie (LwL) yesterday, you'll know that I was visited by a couple of my sisters-in-the-Lord, who are part of my church family.
During our visit, I spoke about my health condition. In addition, we also discussed other things.
I let my sisters know that I am truly grateful that God led me to worship with them, at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (WEBC).
Yes, I believe God led me, there. You see, I had worshipped with other groups, week after week, for a very long time.
Well, I should explain. I worshipped at various places, when I could drive and was not stuck at home, needing healing.
When I worshipped with other groups, I didn't feel the same.
Not just because some other groups weren't as welcoming to me, and probably to others who attended their worship services. Because, several were very welcoming!
The fact is that I never wanted to be unequally yoked with anyone.
Just as God told us to not do, 2 Corinthians 6:14, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"
At WEBC, I felt I was on the same page, with the believers who worshipped there. Probably, because I was. And, still am!
Am I saying that the other church groups were unbelievers? No. Absolutely, not.
There is a difference between believing upon God's Word. And, living it out.
What I found disappointing, was there were so many groups around who had pastors/ministers who never preached a gospel message.
Please don't misunderstand. I'm not saying the sermons they spoke weren't okay. Many, were.
Sunday worship services are meant to honour God and worship Him. And, to be a form of teaching to us, believers.
However, I recall many years ago, hearing from a wonderful pastor, that we can sit beside someone year after year, and think that the person is saved. And, one day be shockingly surprised to find out, they aren't.
Was this a story? Or, truth?
Believe it or not, it can and sometimes is... truth.
I've met people, who claim to be Christian, yet have spoken to me about not believing what is being preached. In fact, I've even met people who claim to be born-again believers, yet they admit they have never read God's Word, the Bible... and say they don't necessarily believe everything they hear about it.
Are they truly saved? I have no idea. Only God knows.
In my mind, it is absolutely necessary to preach a gospel message.
Not just to plant those seeds, that can lead visitors and/or unbelievers to Christ. But, also to help those who may not necessarily have been saved, see that they truly need salvation.
When someone realizes salvation for them and for others is absolutely necessary, they realize they need a saviour.
And, our Saviour... is Jesus.
He was beaten, crushed for our inequity. He suffered and died on the cross, for the sin of the world; of all who will believe upon Him.
Jesus paid the price for the penalty of our sin. And, those who believe upon Him, will be saved.
In the New Testament portion of the Bible, God provided many verses to teach us this. However, the one that sticks out in my mind, is Acts 16:31.
Read it, for yourself. And, be blessed.
Just as I am (blessed), worshipping with fellow believers, who are all on the same page. Equally yoked!
Until next time...
If you would like to comment, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org