We come now to an 8th and final mark; God blesses churches that (#8) embrace there God-ordained role in this world.
I’m thinking of one role in particular here…An essential aspect of any true church is described in 1 Timothy 3:15; But in case I am delayed, I write so that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.
It is the churches responsibility to guard and support the truth. Other translations read the pillar and support, buttress, foundation, base, ground, of the truth. When I read this verse I think of one of those old colonial homes from the deep south that have white marble pillars that support gigantic roofs. If you knock down one or two of those pillars the roofs coming down on you. When the Church fails to support and uphold the truth the roof will come down on her as well.
Paul’s metaphor also pictures a foundation on which a structure rests. One Pastor puts it like this, “It is the solemn responsibility of every church to solidly, immovably, unshakably uphold the truth of God’s Word.” I’ve heard many people suggest that doctrine and theology are divisive…and that therefore it needs to be ignored or minimized. Now it is true, the truth often divides before it unites. But true Biblical unity is always grounded in objective truth. Just read the book of Jude if you don’t believe me. Jude 3, Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude feared our common bond in Christ would be lost if Christians didn’t fight for the non negotiable of
God’s mandate to the church is to protect and preserve the truth. A church that relegates doctrine/theology to secondary places is on the road to apostasy. Paul tells church leaders in Titus 1 that it is there duty to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. A pulpit that exhorts in sound doctrine but that never calls out those who’ve departed from the truth is an “errant pulpit”. The church is called to support and safeguard the truth! Never forget that healthy doctrine and sound theology lead to holy living (1 Timothy 4:6). That’s why Titus 2:10 says we’re “to adorn the doctrine of God our savior in every respect.”
The church is not about a building it’s about people. People that have been saved and set apart by God for God. It’s our job to strive to be what God’s called us to be. He’s told us what we’re to be in His precious Word & He’s enabled us to do it by giving us His Spirit. I’m all about trying to build a Church that will be blessed by God!
God blesses Churches that: #1 Rightly identify and worship the Lord Jesus Christ. #2 Submit themselves entirely to the Bible. #3 are Committed to personal and corporate holiness. #4 Faithfully practice the Biblical ordinances. #5 are Spirit-filled and Spirit led. #6 are Dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission. #7 are Devoted to the one another’s. & #8 Embrace there God-ordained role in this world.