Let’s begin by defining engaging. Engaging is defined as something attractive or pleasing. I think we must first ask ourselves the question, what is our goal? Are we looking for something external and temporal or something internal and lasting? If we are the church of the living God, then it must be the latter.
I heard a minister several months ago make a statement that has stuck with me: if you birth something naturally you must maintain it naturally and if you birth something spiritually it is maintained spiritually. So either we will be self reliant or spiritually reliant. One has the power to bring true change to one’s life, the other doesn’t, it is only window dressing. We must desire earnestly again to be God-pleasers and not men-pleasers.
Peter and the eleven other disciples in Acts chapter two on the day of Pentecost full of the Holy Ghost and power simply lifted up his voice and preached Jesus Christ and the finished work, asking people to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for remissions of sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Three thousands souls were added that day, not with fancy speech, a fancy building, coupons for Starbucks, etc. Nothing wrong with a Starbucks card unless my faith is in it to attract people back to church.
We must be careful that we don’t turn the house of God, a house of prayer, into a social club. By adding cappuccino machines and snack bars in our churches, all of these worldly things can be accessed even while worship and preaching is going on. There is a time and a place for many things, but if we want lives to be transformed people cannot be more engaged in our social endeavor more than the spiritual. Simple faith, if it worked for the disciples then, it can surely work for us.
Let’s open the doors to our churches, preach the gospel truth, love the people and allow the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. It may be quicker and cost less to build on sand, but in the end, one will stand and one will fall. Should not the gospel (good news) Jesus Christ and the moving of the spirit be what attracts people to our church, what captures their attention, what brings pleasure?
Paul writes in 1st Corinthians 1:1-5 – “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
What a powerful scripture, the power of God, the gospel being preached. Attracting the sinner to the savior, attracting the hopeless to find hope again, attracting those dead inside to find a reason to live again. Let’s not lose our focus; keep focused on God, press toward the mark, preach the gospel. He will draw the people. What can be more attractive than a city set on a hill that cannot be hid?
Pastor Nathan M. Parfait is the Senior Pastor at New Beginning Church for the past 15 years. NBC is a place where lives can begin again – 2 Corinthians 5:17.
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