What makes a church healthy? Certainly a healthy attitude amongst most members, a strong group of willing volunteers, the ability to move new people into the mainstream of the congregation, a caring attitude that reaches out to hurting members and others in need, dynamic preaching and teaching, faithful Christian stewardship, Pastor and lay visits, etc…. But what is the key to keeping a church healthy?
In John 15 our Lord Jesus said: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (v. 5). A Christian congregation can only truly be spiritually healthy when it is centered in Jesus Christ. And the best way for us to do this as Zion Lutheran is for each of us members to be using the Means of Grace – the Word of God and the Sacraments which are the means through which the Holy Spirit has been promised to work. During these seasons of Lent and Easter, I pray all of us will grow stronger spiritually through these means.
We can do this by regularly attending Divine Services, using personal devotions, attending a Bible Study, regularly gathering with other members for Christian fellowship to encourage each other. I would especially challenge our congregational leaders to attend or start a Bible Study class…. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing.
See you in Divine Service,