by Steven Anderson from Faithful Word Baptist Church – Church Should be Geared Towards the Saved
Editor’s note: Interesting, I thought the church was supposed to be a tent big enough for people all along the faith continuum? Not everyone is going to be at the exact same place in their journeys of faith. What type of church does not concern themselves with people that aren’t in the same place as they are? Seems to me to be a big red flag for a high demand group dynamic – bordering on cult think.
The church is intended to be a place of teaching, fellowship, and worship for born-again, baptized believers. Many churches have instead become geared toward unbelievers. Some pastors will preach the plan of salvation every Sunday morning rather than getting into the deeper truths that saved Christians need to learn in order to grow. The purpose of church is to perfect the saints and edify the body of Christ. As a pastor and teacher, I’m supposed to teach and build up people who are already saved.
Years ago, I had a guy write a complaint about me on a visitor card and then bolt away after the service. He wrote about how he couldn’t believe that I didn’t even give the plan of salvation during my sermon and questioned whether I was even saved. This guy literally thought I should be giving the Gospel in every service, but what about feeding the flock?
When I prepare a sermon, I’m not thinking about the unsaved visitors who might show up that day. I’m thinking about feeding the saved church members that make up most of the congregation. I’m thinking about the saints who come to church to be edified and perfected.
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