Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Pastoral Advice to Guide Your Christian Walk

One pastor has told his congregation that there are five main things that a Christian should make sure that they have right, because if they do, everything else in their Christian walk will fall exactly into place. Listed below are the five main things:
  1. Are you spending daily time in God's word, the Bible???
  2. Are you faithful to the services of your church???
  3. Do you spend quality time in prayer with the Lord daily???
  4. Are you faithfully doing your best to see souls saved every day???
  5. Are you faithfully giving as the Lord has prospered you???

Although the five things listed above are not a formula per say, if you get those things right in your life, it's amazing how much more simple things will get in your walk with the Lord. Unfortunately, however, many Christians are only focused about one or another of these areas, neglecting the others altogether since they deem them to be unimportant or for another Christian to focus upon in their life.

The successful Christian will incorporate each of these things in their life, overcoming the Devil in his attempt to offer busyness, pleasure, selfishness, and worldly cares for the Christian to replace these good things above, hoping to cause the Christian to stumble in his walk for the Lord and become defeated in his service for the Lord.

Let's take inventory of the things above and incorporate them into our life if they are currently missing!!!

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Blogger Sis. Julie said...

Amen!! Thanks for this one!!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Sorry brother Jim, I can't leave that one alone. Most of those are excellent but being faithful to church services is never talked about in scripture. We are the church, we don't GO to church. He admonishes us to not give up meeting together but He doesn't say anything about church services. I think this pastor would do better to take the list from II Peter 1--3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Don't you agree?

7:55 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Karen (or Nerak),

No, I don't agree. Yes, the church is made up of individuals, but not a single individual believer. A church is a called-out assembly of believers... a group of believers.

There are too many references to the church as a group in the NT that goes against your thought that the church is just the individual believer. Paul sent his letters to churches.... Revelation mentions seven churches.... take out your concordance and look at all the verses that contain the reference church or churches... why have qualifications for elders or deacons in scripture, why talk about giving.... (do you give to yourself?)

Here is a couple for your review....

1 Cor. 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
1 Cor. 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

I do like the verses you posted from II Peter however...

6:43 PM  

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