The first-century church in Ephesus is an interesting case study in how quickly a church’s health can decline. In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul made clear that these people were dear to him because of their sincere love for the Lord and their passion to glorify Him. Yet we read in Revelation 2 that nearly 30 years later this church had “abandoned the love you had at first” (Rev. 2:4). In roughly 30 years this church went from inwardly and outwardly thriving, to inwardly losing a sincere love for Christ.
This often happens to solid churches. They go through a season of rich blessings from the Lord—many people being reached with the gospel, frequent baptism services, consistently adding members to the church, visitors present nearly every Sunday, staff being added, leaders being raised up within the congregation, the community being impacted with the gospel—only to see those churches dwindle to just a handful of people a few years later.
My question to you is this: How can you as a church do everything you can to avoid letting this happen? The answer is to make sure your church never leaves its first love: Christ. The GARBC wants to encourage every church in the fellowship to pursue Biblical health. We also want to give churches hope to sincerely believe that they can see better days by God’s grace and power. But this must come by asking hard and uncomfortable questions.
GARBC National Representative
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News from Regular Baptist Ministries
- Mike Hess: Pursue Biblical health
- International: Donate to Regular Baptist International
- Mark Johnson: Ministry’s financial outlook improves
- Manning Brown: Regular Baptist chaplaincy
- David Gunn: Deeper purpose and direction
- Clare Jewell: Generate update
Regular Baptist Administrative Team Itineraries
Mike’s Picks: Resources for Ministry
- GARBC Conference
- Podcast with Clare Jewell of Generate
- Podcast with Pastor Terry Thompson
- “What Does It Mean to Be Forward Thinking?”
- “Seven Virtues for Having Hard Conversations”
- Stay tuned . . .
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