What I Read Today;
1 Timothy 1; John 6; Isaiah 41; Psalm 74; Deuteronomy 11-12
What is our goal?
I recently started working with a group in a church that had closed. There are only a few people left. The core group of 6 people wanted to continue on Sunday in some capacity. After much negotiation, I was asked by my Pastor if I would be willing to lead a Bible Study at this location.
You can see how much they love their little church. One of them has been coming there for over 60 years. They’re having a hard time. The world is changing around them. They still read King James Bibles and want to worship using the liturgy. The community they live in is is one of the poorest in the area and is struggling.
My wife’s home church is struggling in much the same way. Slowly dying as the old members pass away.
It’s hard to look at sometimes.
We’ve done such a tremendous job of ensuring that we hammer home our doctrines and dogmas. We’ve rooted out all forms of false teaching and expelled every sinner we could find.
But something seems missing. Maybe we have missed the point of 1 Timothy 1 verses 5-7:
“But the aim of such instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith. Some people have deviated from these and turned to meaningless talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions.” NRSV
I wonder if we got so caught up in our feuding over doctrine that we forgot that our intention is supposed to be showing God’s love?
Grace and mercy should always be our goal. Mercy and grace for the lost sinners. Like you and me.