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Jesus  and  Mary and the Disciples

 

Cumbria Christianity

The Perfect Church

It is presently under construction at a few places that are

attempting the impossible.

To make it happen, read 1 Cor 12 and also 1 Cor 13 and

follow the simple instructions and watch your church grow.

You will be known by the love that you have for one another.

That’s what Jesus said. Surely it can’t be that simple,

otherwise the establishment intelligentsia would by now be

patting themselves on the back because of their overflowing

churches, wouldn’t they?

 

The truth is that love overcomes everything, even those who

preach it, but do not live it. Love does not ignore, or subvert,

or suppress the God given gifts in the people who attend a

church and love does not allow it to happen. We are a city

on a hill and our light is for others and must not be hidden.

Even Ghandi said that if Christianity was practised it would

spread across the world like a fire. Jesus has made it plain in

the Holy Scriptures, what it is that we have to do.

It isn’t rocket science. Love is the answer. Not your own way,

but ‘the way’. That doesn’t mean giving in and letting every

fool, or megalomaniac have what they want.

 

Persevere, in love. If you are right then perseverance

will enable the truth to prevail. If you are wrong,then

perseverance will allow you to encounter the truth

and change.

 

You have probably heard that you could never find the

perfect church because when you did it would become imperfect when you arrived. In other words, we are all imperfect.

 

Ok, perhaps perfection is out. How about the best kind of church any imperfect person could create?

The good news is that you don’t have to settle for the best kind of imperfect church.

You can have the Church that Jesus would attend. Think about it!

 

The Apostle Paul said that of faith, hope and charity/love, the greatest was love.

What do you mean by charity/love? Well, there are all kinds of love. The Holy Scriptures have a number of words to describe the different kinds of love. For instance, love for you mother isn’t the same as love for your spouse. There are all kinds of love, but they all come under the common understanding of what love is.

 

From my kitchen window I can see my neighbours garage roof where jackdaws, pigeons and and doves, rest for a while. It is easy to tell the ‘couples’. They like to be close to one another and they groom each other.

What does God observe when He looks at us? Is our care for one another obvious by our behaviour to one another?

 

Back to the real world - love is caring. Caring enough sometimes to put self second.

The writer of Hebrews talked about preferring the other. Not winning the argument and losing a friend. Caring.

 

The church as it exists today is about hierarchy, real estate and ceremonies. Even the modern house churches where I have heard speakers deride the traditional churches and their ‘religious’ traditions, end up having their own (often inferior) rituals.

 

Man finds it impossible to love unconditionally and so he wraps his own vulnerability with religious do’s and don’ts and constitutions and basis of faiths and intellectualises his belief.

 

Love unconditionally and your church will grow.  Prefer each other and your church will grow. Listen, consider, care and find a way to accommodate one another and your church will grow.

 

In most churches the congregations do not have any meaningful relationship with one another . Of course there are handshakes and some people are actually friends, but the fact is that most church attenders would not confide, or expect help from  one another in a difficult situation. They might hope for help, but they do not expect it and they don’t usually get it.

 

If you belong to a loving church please contact us so that we can include it on our list of churches in our evangelistic issue of Bound Together

 

 

Evangelism - everyone in the church should be an evangelist, even if it is only by sending off literature by post. There are almost limitless ways to evangelise and no one need feel inadequate to the task. Every church should have an evangelistic ministry that encourages and enables the members to realise their potential in Christ, as an evangelist.

 

How soul destroying it must be for many paid and pensioned Christian leaders to be ground down by Church management, committees and meetings that leaves them precious little time to do evangelism. Then again many church leaders have found a safe place in committee rooms to avoid evangelism.

Of course someone is thinking, ‘everything we do, is and should be evangelistic’.

Get real. It isn’t happening. Most of the church’s good works are not directly married to the risen Christ. Others are getting the glory. Trouble with man made glory is that it fades and withers like most churches are fading and withering.

List of Perfect Churches in Cumbria

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List of  Churches in Cumbria that are nearly perfect

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List of  Churches in Cumbria where the people are truly repentant of their lack of love for one another and are genuinely trying to become more Christ like

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List of  Churches in Cumbria where you will find ‘good’ people doing their best given the inadequacy of teaching and example

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