Marie’s daily verse: God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

DAILY DEVOTION, June 23, 2022

Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it” Matthew 16:18).

There are movements within the church from time to time to try to make the church “more relevant.”  Well, you don’t need to do a thing to the church to make her more relevant to me.  Some of the attempts to “make the church more relevant” make it less relevant for me.  If the church will simply be what God created her to be; if the church will follow the pattern God has laid down for us in Scripture, the church will be relevant to those who seek after God.  The attempt to make the church relevant to impenitent sinners will only destroy the church.

I believe in the church because the church has the answers to life’s biggest questions.  Where did I come from?  Why is the world such a mess?  How can I find forgiveness?  Is there any hope of eternal life?  Those are very relevant questions in my life and only the church gives meaningful and satisfactory answers.  We have come from God, our Creator.  The world is in a mess because we humans live in rebellion against God.  Forgiveness and eternal life can be found in Jesus Christ. The church has meaningful, sensible answers to the ultimate questions of life, and that is why I believe in the church.

Father, I thank You for the church. It was through the influence of the church that I finally came to faith in Jesus. Use this church to reach out to the lost so that they too may come to know Jesus. In His name,  pray. Amen.

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