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Religious and spiritual
For practising Christians, they place complete trust and confidence in Jesus Christ and his teachings. This faith and belief stem from a profound level of mental or emotional communion, and relationship with Jesus Christ, and his teachings. This connection is clearly spiritual, as it does not originate from material or physical things or natural wisdom.
Church Leader Pearls is aware that people, who find things wrong with organised religion, such as a church, either depart from the church or walk away from anything religious. Many, who walk away, go on an independent, spiritual search for the divine; without becoming involved in any religious community. These are the kinds of challenges and false teachings churches face.
Church Leader Pearls has found that there are spiritual people who are religious; religious people who are spiritual. Then there are spiritual people who are not religious and who do not follow any formal religious norms and codes of practise. This latter category has no religious constraints. They are free to explore all kinds of beliefs, and follow any type of spiritual guides, even to connect with dark spiritual powers. There are also people, who believe that unseen spiritual forces cannot influence their lives either positively or negatively.
How does all this have a bearing on the church leader? You and your church community can:-
Offer people what you know they are looking for. People generally want to enjoy the power of blessing, a source of satisfaction and, progressively transformed lives. People in this world have some sense that there is a God - all knowing, all-powerful Creator of the universe. They seek to have some form of spiritual connection. You can mobilise the whole church community to get people to connect with God through in a simple, exclusive Way - Jesus Christ (John 14:6); and introduce such people to an abundant life (John 10:10).
Actively spread truth in and out of the church, to counter the deceit and false teachings that challenge what you offer in Jesus Christ (1 John 3:8). Sowing doubt and confusion and natural wisdom, is the key trade of evil. To keep and attract people into the Kingdom of our God, church leaders have a vested interest in standing for the truth and a duty to dispel doubt and confusion.
Position the church in ways that are true to the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3), while keeping it relevant to this generation. The biggest trap in this area is that of compromise. We are called to take the Gospel to the world; but to keep the world out of the church. Church Leader Pearls respectfully reminds church leaders that they are the shepherds at the gate that prevent darkness, double standards, and ungodly deviations from entering the fold, and decimating the flock.
The Lord watches over you and blesses all your efforts in this regard.