• Mike

    Regarding point #2, does that mean that believers who have occupations outside of the institutional church are wasting their time in their jobs? I find it interesting that pastors like to remind people that their organization is the most important to God.

    • Jeff

      Wow Mike! That’s reading way too much into point #2. Whatever you do unto the Lord has value. Just being the best you can be at whatever your vocation…working as unto the Lord…is of great value. But Christ came and gave His life for the Church. Believers ARE the Church. This is what’s eternal…and the Church is the only thing that will last forever. This is not a jab at all other vocations. This is not a personal occupation comparison.

      • Mike

        Did Jesus die for just the church or did he die for the entire world? It seems to me when I read the Bible God has a love for all of His creation not just certain organizations.

        Rick probably didn’t mean this intentionally but the sense I get from most pastors is a bit of superiority and arrogance (i.e. their calling is higher and greater than others). That’s what I’m reading into point #2.

        • Jeff

          To answer your question Mike: Yes. Ephesians 5:25.
          First…the Church cannot be quantified as an “organization” or “just the church”. The Church is the body of Christ. Any and all (whosoever will) may become a member (part) of the body of Christ (i.e. by being born again), but make no mistake Jesus Christ did not die for those who do not accept His offer of grace. Hence, the atoning blood of Jesus Christ covers (exclusively) those who are the Church. To believe Christ died for any other is a mistake. So keep reading.

  • I love this reminder of the importance of our convictions! I believe many of us have forgotten that the gospel is for everyone and for every nation. It is encouraging to read that you would go anywhere to reach the lost! May we all be willing to get uncomfortable to reach others for the Lord!

  • pastor george

    Very educating, thanks Pastor.

  • martha freire

    Thank you for making us aware of these convictions. what a great true.

  • victor bashir

    thanks for great message

  • victor bashir

    thanks for great message
    God Bless You

  • penina muthuri

    Thanks pst. The article is inspiring. I pray that I get these convictions. God bless

  • Rick, I appreciate your imput over the years. Thanks! Check out http://www.stoneglenchurchofgod.org for free spiritual health resources (See More) I’ve written over the last 20 or more years.

    Jack

  • Oops. Error on my comment. I don’t need the Lord to work these things out in “men”, I need Him to work them out in “me”.

  • Rick, thanks so much for your words. I have taken them deeply to heart asking the Lord to work them out in men. I am a pastor but need more of the things which you have spoken about.

  • Mark Zeek

    Rick, what a refreshing way to round out my morning. Thank you for how God is working in and through you to bring encouragement and strength to the Body of Christ, which includes me, a pastor of a small church in Willits, Ca.

  • prophet zephaniah magnus pongo

    Thanks, i found these six convictions as great treasure that every one must try to learn and inculcate .The Gospel will never fade since ,the Gospel is the foundation of the world. thank you so much for this food.
    prophet zephaniah

  • Robert D Mitchell

    Thanks, Rick, I needed to hear this.

  • Margo

    Thank you! I enjoyed this very much and appreciate everything that you are doing for humanity. Peace and love be with you.