Commitments of East River - Part 2

August 22, 2021 Pastor: Michael Foster Series: Commitments of East River

Scripture: Ephesians 4:1–16

We have turned the church into something that it isn’t. And when I say “we” I mean both church members and the pastors and elders of the churches.

When the church is turned into a YMCA, the pastor is turned into a program coordinator.

The congregation is taught to view the church as a provider of specialized programming that caters to all life stages and schedules.

When the church is turned in into a university or seminary classroom, the pastor becomes a lecturer on the theoretical.

The congregation is taught to see Christianity as a merely intellectual pursuit divorced from the emotional reality of mankind and the practical application of doctrine to everyday life.

When the church is treated as a replacement for the natural family (that is you, your spouse, and your kids), the pastor becomes a surrogate father instead of a shepherd of souls.

The congregation is taught to confuse the limits and purposes of the natural family (household) and spiritual family (church).

When the church is reduced to a social action group (whether liberal or conservative), the pastor is reduced to a community organizer.

The congregation is taught to subordinate primary doctrine to a derivative cause.

When the church is reduced to a para-church ministry (e.g. men's ministry, anti-abortion, etc), the pastor is reduced to a single issue specialist.

The congregation is taught to neglect the whole counsel of God's Word in favor of a single portion or hobby horse issue.

When the church is reduced to a discernment ministry, the pastor becomes an investigative journalist or the editor in chief of a paparazzi rag.

And the congregation is taught to "spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new" (Acts 17:21).

So what is the work of the church? It is the equipping the saints for the work of the ministry....

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