“The Church must never be in any sense a little huddle of pious people,
shutting their doors against the world, lost in prayer and praise,
connoisseurs of preaching and liturgy, busy mutually congratulating
themselves on the excellence of their Christian experience.” …. William
Barclay (1907-1978), In the Hands of God
When a church drifts into a naval-gazing, self-centered spirituality, it
becomes a church in spiritual decline. The church should never exist merely
for itself. The church exists to glorify God and to love and serve those in
the world around it. We must learn to move from a self-centered faith to a
God-centered and others-centered faith. This is the mystery Jesus was talking
about when He said those who want to find their life must first give it away.
We need to study the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the New Testament book of
Luke and we’ll see how Jesus phrased what is commonly called “The Golden Rule”.
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Jim Thomas is pastor of The Village Chapel
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