“The Heart of God”
Being a pastor and a Bible teacher, the unequal match between an abundant sermon and the impact it makes in the church and society used to beat my imagination in the time past. Abundant sermons and teachings, less transformation; unprecedented numerical church growth and timeless religious activities, less impact in society. I have often wondered what could be the cause of this!
One day, I got to know through the book of Matthew 28:19-20 why there is so much disparity between the church’s performance and the impact it is making.
Having won the battle and given authority over the universe, Jesus Christ commanded His disciples (His followers) thus:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
This is one of the basic points where the church has gotten it wrong. The command Jesus gave His disciples and the entire church is to make disciple of all the nations. Instead of making disciples, the Church has simply taken to making converts. There is a difference between the two. To make converts is simply to bring people into believing in Jesus to be the Christ (paraphrase; see Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary pg. 335).
To make matter worse, even the making of converts has been taken out of context today. Churches have adopted human principles simply to bring people into the church for some reason, and then train them to behave like Christians. This is one of the major breeds of carnality and superficial Christianity in the church in our generation–customized worshipers with uncircumcised hearts that simply worship with their lips and unregenerated hearts.
To make disciples as Jesus reiterated the point in verse 20, is for His followers “To teach people to obey everything He has taught them”. The mandate of the church is not to simply teach but…teaching people to obedience.
Apostle Paul underscore this fact when he says in Colossians 1:28-29 that:
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labour, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. NKJV
This is another major point where the church is missing it. It is so sad that the church is becoming a place where people simply go and fill their minds with scriptural information.
Less attention is being given to obedience to God’s Word. And the church is by and large becoming a place simply for human and superficial religious activities.
The mandate is for the church to insist on obedience to scriptures by deliberately adopting principles that will lead to the practical application of scriptures.
When Christianity is not practice to the point of submitting to the Scripture as the ultimate standard of life, the adulteration and aberration of Scriptural teaching is inevitable. For the church to bring down the kingdom of God on earth she must firmly embrace the practice of the teachings of the Bible; there is no other way!
“The Heart of God” as a literary ministry basically, is birth from this burden and revelation. The mandate is to systematically unravel the true will of God to the church and nations from personal spiritual life experience and Bible study. The effort is geared toward making the scriptures realistic and practicable to contemporary life.