GOD DIDN’T SAVE YOU TO JUST GO TO CHURCH, sit in a pew, listen and leave (though many who profess Christ don’t even do that). He expects you to be good dirt, producing something.
Some don’t understand God’s Word so they don’t obey ever.
Others get excited about Jesus, worship and fellowship, but don’t read the Bible to apply knowledge, so when stuff hits the fan, they fall away.
Still others hear God’s Word, get distracted with “what-ifs” or get a raise at their job, and produce nothing.
What type of dirt are you based on the concentric circles below?
To be good dirt, you must be in a fellowship of believers. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
Read this and take one step this year into another circle to become excellent mulch:
If you are in the “COMMUNITY,” you are not entirely committed to Christ. You may visit church occasionally, but haven’t decided to follow Jesus fully.
Are you part of the “CROWD”? You may attend a fellowship once or twice a month, but aren’t much more involved beyond that.
Those in the “CONGREGATION” attend regularly, give faithfully, and support the vision and values of the church.
The “COMMITTED” are members who are growing in their relationship with Jesus, establishing the disciplines of a disciple, and progressing spiritually, serving in various ministries.
The “CORE” take responsibility for leadership in the church.
The “COMMISSIONED” are living out the Great Commission, making disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). They are active in reaching out to their community, sharing the Gospel, sharing their lives, and inviting people to church.
What step will you take in 2023 to produce an abundant crop?
Whoever has ears, let them hear.
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