Creating Church!

Living as we do after the Fall but before the Heavenly City, we are in a time when faith is central, and so the Word must be central– because God’s Holy Spirit creates His people by His Word! We can create a people by other means, and this is the great temptation of churches.  We can create a people around a certain ethnicity. We can create a people around a fully-graded choir program. We can find people who will get excited about a building project or a denominational identity. We can create a people around social opportunities for young mothers or Caribbean cruises for singles. We can create a people around men’s groups. We can even create a people around the personality of a preacher. And God can surely use all of these things. But in the final analysis the people of God, the church of God, can only be created around the Word of God. (Mark Dever, 9 marks

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