Is it just me or do you sense that many churches and ministries feel they are in competition with others? It seems that many do not want to fellowship and team up with other ministries who aren’t “their denomination” or “like them”. When will we learn that Jesus didn’t create His body to be in competition with one another!
As an example: I am probably the last person who would become a part of a Cowboy Church. It’s just not me. My heart isn’t there. I don’t “dress” like that and heaven knows I don’t ride horses! If I were looking for a church to attend and join it probably wouldn’t be a Cowboy Church UNLESS the Lord instructed me to do so. WHAT AM I TRYING TO SAY? Even though it’s not my “flavor” – THEY ARE REACHING PEOPLE THAT LIFE HOUSE WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO REACH! The same goes for other ministries…each one that is preaching Jesus and Jesus alone as the way to be saved IS NOT A THREAT TO OUR MINISTRY! We are in the harvest together! We are NOT in competition!! We are partner’s in the harvest!!
People are dying and going to hell and the church at large is territorial and selfish. We spend more time protecting the few sheep we have rather than going out and fishing for men! We have become KEEPERS OF THE AQUARIUM instead of FISHERS OF MEN. If the only way your church grows is by “swapping members” with other churches – THAT’S NOT CHURCH GROWTH – that’s numerical growth! TOGETHER – we as the church MUST BE REACHING THE LOST and working to see them SAVED!
I pray in these last days the church at large can come together to reach the world for Jesus. We MUST AGREE on the NON NEGOTIABLES (Jesus as the only way to heaven and salvation is in Him and Him alone!) but there are some “differences” that we can agree to disagree on and respect each other’s right to believe and practice in our local fellowships.
ONE OF THE BIGGEST TOOLS OF THE ENEMY AMONG GOD’S PEOPLE is a territorial spirit, ministry jealousy and a lone ranger attitude. GOD HELP HIS CHURCH TO COME TOGETHER!!
It begins with us as PASTORS and LEADERS. I challenge YOU as a pastor/leader to begin to pray for other pastors, ministries and be an encouragement to them as they seek to reach souls for HIM!!