Grace to Build || Rev Eastwood Anaba

THE WORD SIROCCO
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Theme: The Relevant Church

Topic: Grace to Build

Scripture Reading:
Zechariah 4:6-10

Main Text
Psalm 127:1
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Many churches are making great impact and transforming lives. The challenge however is how to raise churches that bear fruit and outlive their founders. Where will most of these churches be in the next one hundred years if Jesus Christ tarries? The weakness in the churches we see around us is the overemphasis placed upon the charisma, persona and direction of their leaders. A church should not be built to serve the personal interest of the pastor and a few of his or her leaders. It is God’s house and must be built His way and to His glory.

It is a divine privilege for God to call a person to build a church. The good thing about this honour is, God grants the grace to perform this task with His wisdom and power. We cannot use our own wisdom and strength to build God’s Church. The Psalmist said it is the LORD that builds a house and not man’s efforts (Psalm 127:1-2). The LORD assured Zerubbabel that though he faced great opposition, his hands had laid the foundation of the Temple he was building and he would finish it (Zechariah 4:6-10).

The Church is opposed in every possible way. Dangerous people in the community do everything they can to destroy it. Mountains stand in its way and a lack of resources could threaten its existence. Small beginnings may be discouraging but God strengthens the spirit of the builders of the Church to prevail.

Prayer:
1. Pray for your pastor that the Lord will give him or her the wisdom and power to build the church His way.
2. Pray that God will open your eyes to see the direction His church is going, and strengthen your spirit to build.

Extract From:
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)

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