Stop Dating the
Church has been selected for our Church because the author’s
work when internalized ignites a passion for the Church that
comes from the Spirit. Don’t let the title of this book fool
you. Although “church hopping” is discussed, the theme of the
book is that we possess and need to tap into the passionate love
that Christ has for the Church which is our Lord’s beloved
It is only with
this passionate love that we will give Community Church the
proper priority that the Lord requires of us. It is only with
this divine zeal that we will be able to obey the many commands
in Scripture to fulfill the pivotal role which the Lord has
ordained for each of us for the welfare of Community Church. It
is only when we are together striving and toiling in the Spirit’s
power that Community Church can be what God has called her to be
in the SYV, [see Phil 1:27].
Because of the
blood of Christ, on the day when God judges His believers each
of us will be protected from all condemnation, Rom 8:1.
However, as God’s children we will face a judgment in which we
either suffer gain or loss of reward. The Lord will evaluate
each of us according to how we lived as His slaves, as spouses,
as parents, as children, as neighbors, as employees, and as
friends, [every area of responsibility and opportunity for
service that God has granted to us].
Community Church is Christ’s beloved bride [as is every Church
within His body], in a very critical way our lives will also be
scrutinized by our all-knowing God to the extent that we were
what God called us to be within His beloved Church. We will
either be rewarded for building on the formation of Christ with
that which will burn-“wood, hay, straw”, or that which will
survive God’s judgment-“gold, silver, and precious stones”.
Given the passion Christ has for His Church, we will either
experience great reward or suffer extensive loss of reward
depending on the quality and extent of our service toward His
beloved Church. For an examination of this judgment, study 1
it clear that we are all unique members within the body of
Christ. Some of us are “hands”, some of us are “feet”, some of
us are “ears”, and so on, see 1 Cor 12. Each of us is to
discern the different role that God has called us to fulfill
within the Church. Our diverse and indispensable role is due to
our diversity. We are all at different levels in terms of
spiritual maturity. Each of us has been given unique spiritual
gifts. But there is no doubt that the Church is to build itself
up in love by having each member play his or her uniquely,
divinely assigned role within our local assembly. As Paul
stated in Eph 4:16 –“according to the proper working of each
individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building
up of itself in love.”
Stop Dating The
has been chosen for various reasons:
It is based entirely on Scripture.
It is appropriate for 12 year olds and those in their “golden”
It is fun to read. But the truths taught are profound.
It is well written. It is written concisely. It is clearly
Most of us are very busy. We will participate in open
discussions as a congregation taking each chapter one week at a
time. Doing the weekly readings will be a joy and very
reasonable for all of us.
Each member in our church needs to understand the accountability
that each of us have before God for serving this Church and for
giving Community Church the priority that is consistent with the
love Christ has for His “bride”.
With each passing year, I realize increasingly that as a Pastor
my judgment will in part include the extent to which I have
clearly conveyed to each of you just how important this Church
is to Jesus Christ. The Lord wants you to find great joy in
giving His sacred, local
Church family the kind of priority, time, service, sacrifice,
loyalty and protection, consistent with who she is in His heart.
believe that God will greatly encourage and mobilize our Church
family as we gather each Sunday night and discuss together the
principles that we learn in this winsome book.
9. Our culture has so many priorities competing urgently for our
hearts. But Jesus Christ demands that each of us with His joy
and through His power cause this Church to rise up like a
phoenix to shine His light into the SYV. All are needed for
this sacred task.
Nursery care and biographical lessons from Scripture’s heroes
will be taught by Minal for children ages 5-11. We will
start at 6:00 and end at 7:00. The new format allows
younger kids to get to bed early before school.