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Is your church meeting your needs?

Posted by Pastor Greg Carr on

Is the church you attend meeting your needs? I heard someone who attended another church say one time, “This church is not meeting my needs.”

I took their words in as they complained about the church they were attending and gave them some advice to be patient and then we both went our separate ways.

After we parted ways I said to myself, “Wait a minute!” (I always come up with great things to say after the conversation is over and we have all gone our separate ways.) I asked myself, “What is the definition of the church?  People are the church!”

Do you know what that means? When you say the church isn’t meeting your needs, you are actually saying, “I’m not meeting my own needs!”  Why? Because if you are a Christian then you are the church! As a matter of fact, to say that the church is not meeting your needs is a bit self serving isn’t it? Or is it just plain selfishness?

If your needs are not being met in a church then it is most likely that you are not doing your part. Yes, I know these are harsh words and I probably offended someone, but think about it for a minute; you are the church and if the church is not doing its job then it is everyone’s fault, not just one persons.

If the church you attend is not meeting your needs then maybe you need to consider how you can meet the needs of others.  If every member of your local church body used their own skills and gifts to meet the needs of others, the people of the church and community would be the greatest beneficiaries.

I wonder how many first century Christians left their local “church” because they felt the church was not meeting their needs or they thought the programs were weak? Probably none!

The reason I can say none left the first century church is because they followed the Biblical model for effective ministry which is spelled out in .

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, [12] to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up [13] until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. [14] Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. [15] Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

If the church is not meeting your needs then you need to start being the church! To be the church we should be glorifying God, edifying each other and building His kingdom.

When it comes to meeting our own personal needs we need to remember who is responsible for meeting them. Paul proclaims: And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 God will meet our needs if we are being the church!

In other words, “Christians, grow up and be the church you are supposed to be!”

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