Church Shopping: Who Do You See?
Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Acts 14:21–14:30
In the last two sermons in this series, we discussed what you should hear and see in a church you're thinking about attending; you should hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ being preached, you should see the sacraments being administered, and you should see the members teaching and discipling each other in the life of faith. Article 29 of the Belgic Confession refers to these as the signs of the true church.
There is one more thing to look for, which is outlined in Article 30. When you look at a particular church, who do you see leading it? Do you see people who lead the members in living as Christ's disciples, in a spirit of love and humility, just as Jesus Christ himself led and taught the twelve disciples? The leaders of the church should be concerned with the things of the Spirit, not with the things of this world, as easy as it can be to caught up in the things of this world. The leaders of the church certainly shouldn't be abusing their power, by ruling over the members like petty tyrants or enriching themselves at the members' expense--that was all too common at the time the Belgic Confession was written, and it still happens today.
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