WHAT THE CHURCH NEEDS TODAY
If you were asked, “what do you think the church needs today?, how would you answer? Some might look at the facilities where the church meets and say the church needs better lighting, more parking, or a different song book. Others might see the need for more social activities, fellowship meals, or trips to beautiful places. Still others may think the church needs to do more in the way of benevolence and evangelism. While these things might be beneficial in some ways, are they really the things the church needs the most today?
Let me share what I believe are three things the church needs the most today, and in any period of time.
First, the church needs faith. Great faith. The kind of faith Jesus saw in the Roman Centurion who came to ask Jesus to heal his servant. Matthew 8:5-13. Jesus was so impressed with this man’s faith that He said, “I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel.” We need to have the kind of faith that will go beyond what we know we can do and beyond what we think we can afford.
Second, the church needs courage. Some of us live apologetically about what we believe and practice. Very few can Scripturally defend what they claim to believe. We need to not only have the courage, but also the ability to defend our hope. I Peter 3:15
Third, the church needs vision. Where there is no vision the people perish. Prov. 29:18 People of vision can see where they need to go and what they need to do to get there. The future of the church depends on people of vision today. Without it there will be no church tomorrow.
When the church lives with great faith, courageously defends what it believes, and moves forward with vision, then all those other things will take care of themselves.