Monday, February 02, 2009

Ark-building and Preaching

Mat 24:37-39 NKJV

But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Recently I have been reading a book on the history of Creationism. What is really important is not how God created the world. What is really important is that the world was made perfect by a Creator then fell through man's sin. Christ came to restore all things including man's relationship with God, and through Him we escape the eternal curse and judgment.
This message is rejected today by many. We preach a Creator God and His crucified Son and it all seems foolishness to the world. It is all just as foolish as Noah's preaching that God would send rain.
So we are in the days of Noah again. The message is rejected but the coming judgment is sure. Noah's two duties were to build the ark, and preach of judgment to come.
Today's Christians have the same two duties- preaching and ark-building. Our preaching is a proclamation of the plan of God in Christ and a warning of the judgment to come. Our ark-building is the preparation of the church for a coming Christ.
Preaching is pointless if you are not ark-building, and ark-building is pointless without a message to preach.
Are we prepared to do both? Are we prepared to warn the world and build our brothers and sisters in Christ? What are you doing to help prepare the church for His coming? Do you shy away from opportunities to witness to the unbelieving?
God has set in the church body members as He appointed. I have been asking God to show me my part. Think beyond your local assembly on this. How would God have you minister to Christians inside and outside wherever you go on Sundays? Have you built up a Christian brother or sister lately?
As we see the judgment day approaching, we must continue to assemble ourselves to edification. If you go to church three times a week, great, but this isn't enough. Rarely do I find myself in a position to help and minister to others during church services. What a dreadful thing is the modern day Christian, who contents himself that his attendance at scheduled services satisfies the Biblical call to assemble.

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