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The Perfect Church

September 02, 2014

The apostle Paul stated in Romans 1:11 "For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift, so that you may be established."

I find it amazing that Paul wanted to renew or strengthen the faith of others by imparting some spiritual gift."  I believe when we come to church that the Holy Spirit is ready and willing to impart something to us as well.   When we gather, why do we gather?  Is it just a time to “shoot the breeze," or do we come in order to encourage and edify others?  Are we interested in seeing people grow stronger in the faith of Christ?  

One unknown poet quipped,

Some go to church just for a walk
Some go to church to laugh and talk
Some go there the time to spend
Some go there for speculation
Some go there for observation
Some go there to doze and nod
Some, how few, to worship God.

So how do I prepare to go to church?  I prepare by spending time with God in worship, and then when I arrive at church I’m there to impart the work of the Holy Spirit to each one of you through His grace.  The important thing is, I prepare!

Someone wrote the following clever poem, which I think aptly describes a real picture of the church.

The Perfect Church we are NOT.
I think that I shall never see
A Church that's all it ought to be:
A Church whose members never stray
Beyond the straight and Narrow Way;
A Church that has no empty pews,
Whose Pastor never has the blues;
A Church whose deacons always deak,
And none is proud, and all are meak;
Where gossips never peddle lies,
Or make complaints or criticize;
Where all are always sweet and kind,
And all to other's faults are blind.
Such perfect Churches there may be,
But none of them are known to me.
But still, we'll work, and pray and plan
To make our own the best we can.

So how can we build the church and make her better?  By ministering to one another!  Let’s spend time in the coming weeks prayerfully considering how we might put one another’s needs first!

Agape.

 

 



COMMENTS
By Michelle Valdez
Pastor Dave i so love our church, don't know if you know how we found you! short story is our church in 2006 closed down. our pastor was awesome but he didn't have staff to help. his help had all died or couldn't help church just widowed away. he had to let go and move to their sister church in Lavern or San Dimas.. this left a bunch of us with out a home church. i felt like Goldilocks too hot, too cold, too lumpy and a whole lot of not Holy Spirit in all the churches we tried. some we visited and thought maybe,but turn out no Holy Spirit, we moved to La Habra and i told Ralph i need a church i am going crazy my Spirit is not happy and at the same time he was on the computer looking up churches near by. i told him it has to be a Calvary church so we found one (not brea) and said ok Sunday we will go... we seen the Church on Lambert and said that is it!!!! Sunday we came service was awesome the people were awesome and you delivered the message we needed to hear and hit our hearts with the Spirit we had been searching for almost two years.. it was after that we realized we were in the wrong church we had choose to go too BUT we were in the right church and we found HOME. we are blessed by Brea and now "THE WAY" thanks Pastor Dave we love you and Gods church
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