Life Changing Churches
In the 3 plus decades that I have been saved the Lord has graciously blessed me by leading me to 3 life-changing churches. Without those churches my life would not have been changed nearly as much. In those churches I was taught Biblical truth and saw great examples first-hand of others whose lives were changed by the Lord. Unbelievers are unwilling and unable to have their lives changed by the Lord and therefore do not attend life changing churches. Even many believers who want minimal changes to their lives find churches full of believers with minimal changes to their lives. Many set a horrible example for their families and circle of friends by avoiding Biblical churches altogether. They will be like the rich man in Luke 16 who finally had regrets that he had not permitted the Lord and His Word to change him and his life and finally had a concern for the eternal destiny of his loved ones AFTER he went to Hell.
Luke 16:23: And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father*s house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Romans 6:4: Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Biblical churches will first of all encourage individuals to receive Christ into their hearts and lives as Saviour AND Lord. They will then also teach the Bible and how it changes lives more and more. The more we understand the Bible the more our lives will be changed.
John 17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
2 Timothy 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Psalms 119:9: BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Psalms 119:105: NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Nehemiah 8:8: So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
Ecclesiastes 12:9: And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
We need preachers like that. I am so thankful that I have had so many of them!!!