Back to School: Classwork
I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Recommended Reading Matthew 16:13-20
Mission organizations are winning the world to Christ. Ministries like Turning Point are pulling out all the stops to evangelize our generation. Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries are producing dedicated workers for the kingdom. Christian humanitarian and benevolent agencies are feeding the hungry, educating the illiterate, clothing the naked, caring for prisoners, taking in the orphans, and seeking to bring Christ to the forgotten.
Yet we should always remember that Christ never established mission boards, colleges, or humanitarian organizations. He established the church. The local church is ground zero for ministry, and all these other wonderful works are the overflow of the church’s mission. If local churches are healthy, the work of Christ will prosper on the earth.
As our children head back to school, let’s stay active in our local churches. Be faithful to attend each Sunday; be part of a small group; give faithfully of your tithes and offerings; volunteer; and pray for God to bless your pastor and church leaders. That’s your classwork for this weekend.
I love the church of Jesus Christ with all my heart. Despite all its faults . . . it is still the most magnificent concept ever created. It has been God’s chosen instrument of blessing for two thousand years. Rick Warren