Translated from Spanish to English with Google translator
The purpose of this post is to show the Body of Christ one way, the old way of Jr. 6.16 to pull the "spiritual stagnation" to the Church and allow us to reach the fullness that God has in store for all together and each in particularly for the purpose it was already determined before the foundation of the world: that the Church has the power of God to bring many to salvation.
What the Church longs
Every pastor longs for his congregation is filled with the Holy Spirit, as the early Church and congregations all yearn to live in God's power.
The Scripture says that even "The creation waits in eager expectation the revelation of God's children, because he was subjected to frustration." (Romans 8.19).
And while we see in our churches love and mercy of God working in the hearts of people, and the wonderful work of the Holy Spirit restoring families, even the Sons of God we are manifest in the power of the Spirit so such that we impact in creation, even in our society, which would be the long awaited "Revival". The manifestations of the power of God in some servants are very punctual and sporadic. The church today is rickety power and many of its members have the same problems as those in the World: Hopelessness, scarcity, poverty, disease, trauma and limitations.
The largest and richest churches produce big events, with spectacular scenery, super screens with Christian musicians and bands internationally. Evangelism campaigns are designed with the best marketing tools. All a professionally mounted festival, which will be broadcast live on the Internet and recorded to be shown around the world. All this is well and good that all churches would have this flow of wealth to such evangelism.
But what matters are the results: Once people enter the Church, we see that for many years (sometimes in eternum) remain within an "evangelical ritual" without real changes, this partly because so Gral. is not predicated of "repentance" or "salvation" but preferably the gospel "prosperity".
No impact on society. There is talk of taking "Earth" but the Church does not have any influence of power in making policy decisions, consult rulers witches, witches and psychics, ie any less pastors.
Another example, the classic type mega campaigns Week Miracle Healing, attended by 100,000 people and are seen by as many thousands. But just half a dozen testimonies are collected and this grace and mercy of God.
So Why such poor results? While economic power is, and obviously the Mega Churches have large populations, it is clear that there is a void of spiritual power, and although they are populous, have gathered many of the same problems that people outside the Church. Then the paradox of "The World impacting the Church", the exact opposite of "Let them turn to you and not you to them" (Jer 15.19). Because there is no power, then it becomes in the effort himself, trying to beat the world at their own game with their own weapons.
The smaller churches do evangelism campaigns and their results are also generally meager, why it so difficult to stop being "girls":
• In the best:
Congregations grow in membership, (which is needed in order to work), but not in power because it usually occurs here too that people enter and remain unchanged.
• In the worst case
Although evangelism, the population grows.
Usually the girls churches look to the larger and its results and may think, "If they could not with so many means, we will do us."
We see then that both large (with economic power and wealth of their HR) and girls (with their economic problems and very few HR) suffer really the same problem: the lack of power of God to impact society .
We are used to "measure" the size of the Church by the membership (which undoubtedly influences their financial and operational power) In the same way we usually evaluate the growth of a group or supervision by the amount of people. But the real power is that which comes from heaven, is what allows demolish fortresses. It is to give two examples, the power with which God said to Jeremiah during the 25 years of his ministry and could not kill him (though the vast majority wanted to). The power that Elijah said, when faced only the 450 prophets of Baal.
When a Mega Church manages to fill a football stadium in an event (where 95% of the attendees are already Christians), a set of international Rock fills six times and still people out. Christ he did not announce his sermons, no singing or dancing (the apostles less) but had the power, just to give an example, to feed 15,000 people with five breadsticks and two fish (Lk. 9.13).
This Power of Heaven comes as the Church (large or small) walks in the practice of holiness and seeking the Holy Spirit. An example of this is The Church of the Upper Room: just 120 were poor, persecuted, who had lost his master. But apart from the world they were, in obedience to God's Word and in harmony. God breathed His Spirit upon them and they were "full". (Acts 2) An important detail of this story is that "everyone was unanimous" all at the same frequency: all praying, all were kept, all cried and as a result they were all filled with the power of God. It is important because often the feeling of the congregation is the Pastor prayed, Pastor saves, Pastor intercede, Pastor work, Pastor study the Word, the Pastor having faith, hope and dedication, as well the congregation can continue to make their lives without contact with God.
This struggle for the people transiting through the Camino and had Moses in the desert, remember that the people in Exodus 20.19 Moses pleads with him to talk with God and then tell them you said. Although in principle God was giving them all the Ten Commandments, they would not listen to it, but its leader delegated this job.
This attitude can be seen even in our churches, where people insist that the pastor talk to God, but now in the NT all have direct access to the Father through Jesus.
So the question is not the size of the Church but in the degree of communion that the workers have. When the heads of the ministries and the pastoral team have fellowship with God, sooner or later they have a visitation of the Holy Spirit, who will fill the power for every good work.
So to not lose heart, because God says:
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit" Zechariah 4.6
In the Bible, the "visitation of God's power" in the revival of the worship of God after a spiritual "drought" was always the explosive result of the activity of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament mostly operating through a prophet He is exhorting the people and in the New Testament through the Church. But it is necessary that the Church seeks the power of the Spirit first, as well as useful tools of marketing, communication or artistic level. The church grows when the congregation truly has the knowledge of God and the fullness of the power of the Holy Spirit: Then God Himself who will add to calls to be saved. We need to move in the power of supernatural spirit to achieve those objectives. Acts 2:47
God says that our victory will come to him who has already provided us with weapons we fight, which are not like the world, but they have divine power to demolish strongholds. These weapons (prayer based on the prophetic Word) and spiritual strategies (spiritual designs) are those that destroy arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. 2nd Corinthians 10.4 to 5
It is necessary that the Church as the Body seeking to become God in order to impact society.
15 The spiritual stagnation. Part I. By Fabian Massa, writer.
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