MARKS OF A FAITHFUL CHURCH
There are many letters in the New Testament written to churches. In them we find encouragement and we find correction when needed. We want to notice some of the things that are required of a faithful church. Some of these things are usually considered as little things, but they are important in the eyes of the Lord.
A PEACEFUL CHURCH
“Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” (Psalms 133:1). Jesus said, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” (Matthew 12:25). The unity of the Jerusalem church was one reason for its growth (Acts 2:43-47). This characteristic has a great deal to do with the impression created upon the community.
A FRIENDLY AND HAPPY CHURCH
So many times, we who are Christians show too much sadness. This does not tell others that Christ can change lives and bring joy and sunshine. “Rejoice in the Lord. . . (Philippians 4:4). Let us as Christians show joy and happiness.
A CHURCH WITH A PROPER ATTITUDE TOWARD LITTLE THINGS
“Who has to despise the day of small things” (Zechariah 4:10). Jesus’ life was made up of what many would call “little things” such as teaching a man or woman, blessing children, using a small bird to teach a lesson or emphasizing the common things of life. Watch the thousands of little things which make up life!
A CHURCH THAT IS FAITHFUL IN STUDYING THE BIBLE
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). It seems that there is a great lack of Bible knowledge among people today. We who are members of Christ’s Church should know the word of God. How can we teach others if we do not know God’s word? “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Colossians 3:16).
A CHURCH THAT IS SHARING CHRIST WITH PEOPLE DAILY
“And daily in the temple and in every house they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ” (Acts 5:42) Wherever we go, whatever we are doing daily, we need to be telling others about Christ in his church. “Therefore, they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:4).
Robert Martin, Forest Park Newsletter September 28th 1988