Stockport Evangelical Church

Stockport Evangelical Church
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9 KJV)

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Christianity Vs. Churchianity


“But they [Mary and Joseph] supposing him [Jesus] to be in the company went a day’s journey ; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.”  Luke 2:44 (KJV)

Dear friends, the above scripture tells us that Mary and Joseph as they travelled home from Jerusalem,  after attending the Feast of the Passover, thinking their twelve  year old son was with them, they discovered, alas, he was missing. In panic they returned to Jerusalem to find him three days later, in the temple. Mary was out of her mind with worry and said to Jesus “Son why have you done this to us? Look, your father and I have sought you anxiously”. Jesus replied “Why is it that you sought me? Did you not know I must be about my Fathers business? “
So today I ask you, are you about your Fathers business? For that matter, am I? Are you like Mary and Joseph, supposing him [Jesus] to be in your company? “Well I go to church on a Sunday, and my Mum and Dad were Christians,” that may be your reply. Going to church on a Sunday simply means you go to church on a Sunday; that does not make you a Christian.

So is Jesus really in your company? Can you be found each day about your Fathers business? You may well say, “don’t be silly, of course I am a Christian.” The very use of that term suggests there is something wrong. There is no “of course” about being a Christian. It is something entirely new, described as a “new birth,” a “new creation,” a life changing happening. Can it be said you reply” by the grace of God I am what I am” so we must be about our Fathers business.  I say that on the authority of scripture John 14:23 “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my father will love him and we will come unto him…” So as we look at our text once again I ask, are you assuming, as Mary and Joseph assumed that the Lord is with you? Or will he say” I never knew you depart from me.”  Are you concerned for that lost soul? He may be an Atheist, a Mormon, a Jehovah's Witness, they are lost souls.  Are you really about your Fathers business, or do you have Churchianity?
(Article written by William Bacon – First and LastMinistries.)