Living Apostolic in San Antonio

The Official Blog of Alamo City Apostolic Church

We Interrupt This Program…

…For a word from God.

One of the saddest things that has happened today is that many churches have been turned into nothing more than pop shows.

Professional bands (indistinguishable in look or sound from the band performing Saturday night at the local, smoke-filled pub)…dance troupes…lights…a presentation of the Word carefully crafted to make sure no one ever feels uncomfortable…”Xtreme” shows for the kidz (sic)….

Thousands upon thousands gather to get their sugar-filled spiritual drive-through snack…but amidst all the entertainment, is God heard?

You see, the church that was born on the Day of Pentecost was never designed to entertain. It was designed to convict of sin, and to call men and women to righteousness.

Believe it or not, church is not about us at all. The Scripture says that God called us out of darkness into His marvelous light so we would show forth His praises (I Peter 2:9). That’s it. Not so we could have a show put on for our entertainment. Simply put, we are supposed to go to church to minister to HIM, not so He can minister to us! (Psalm 134:1-2) The beautiful thing is that, when we do our part to minister to Him in our worship, He always returns a blessing to us! (Psalm 134:3)

Preaching was never designed to be a spectacle. The preaching of the Word is designed to expose sin…call sinners to repentance…and lead people into a right relationship with God. The Bible describes itself as being sharper than a two-edged sword that lays our innermost being bare before God (Hebrews 4:12-13).

What are you getting on Sundays? Are you simply getting a dose of ear candy whose sugar rush will carry you through the week, but will eventually leave you spiritually weak and malnourished? Or are you receiving the strong meat of the Word of God…and is your life reflecting the results of the application of the Word?

The other night I saw a couple of police officers in a restaurant looking at a counterfeit bill that had been passed to the cashier by a customer. It looked like the real thing…but it wasn’t. It didn’t have the backing of the Treasury Department to give it worth. It looked good…but it was worthless. The same thing can happen with empty preaching and empty church.

The Bible admonishes us to “buy the truth and sell it not” (Proverbs 23:23). That’s the message we need to be hearing. I’ll be writing more on the subject of truth in the next few days, so stay tuned…

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February 16, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Great blog and hope to have some time soon to come back and read more!

    Comment by Katie | February 27, 2009 | Reply


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