2 Cor 10:17-18 "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.”
Dear CBC Family,
What would Jesus do? That question was very popular back in the 90s and because of that the initials became bracelets that people wore reminding them to consider how they should act. I hadn’t heard anyone ask that question recently until the last couple of weeks when I heard it on three separate occasions by three different individuals in the public square. In each of these instances the non-Christian was looking for confirmation of their actions by stating that Jesus would do, or say, the same things. So, what would Jesus do? The better question is “What did Jesus do”? Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) then His past actions would determine His current, and future, actions. As I spoke about what Jesus did do each person was surprised and said they had no idea Jesus was like that at all.
The reason I am mentioning this is because I believe that there are many who name the name of Christ who also have misunderstandings of what Jesus is like. Our tendency is to think that Jesus thinks like we do, has the same values that we do, would do ministry like we do, would never say anything hard to anyone and would just “love on” people. The reason this thinking is dangerous is because that is the exact opposite of what the Bible calls us to do. Instead we are to have our minds transformed by meditating on the word of God (Romans 12:2). By doing that we will be able to test and approve what the will of God is. What His will is would reflect what He would do.
Over the last few weeks on Sunday mornings we have had some disruptions during the services and I want you to know that we have addressed them biblically. The first thing we need to remember is that God is not the only one who sends people to church. The enemy often sends people in to cause problems and we are not unaware of his schemes. The loud outbursts have greatly disrupted the services and are completely unacceptable. We met last night with all involved and have made clear the expectations of anyone who attends church. It doesn’t matter if they come on the bus or come in a Ferrari. If anyone is disruptive, even one time, they will be escorted out and not allowed to return. Dealing with these actions is a perfect example of discussing what Jesus would do. Some people might think that Jesus would not have a problem with people disrupting the teaching of the word of God but I would simply point us all to the Bible itself to see how God feels about that. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 says we are to “admonish the unruly”. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 says we are “to keep away from the idle and disruptive”. Disrupting the service is sinful and 1 Corinthians 5:13 says we are to “remove the sinful person from among us.” Titus 3:10 says “after warning (the divisive and disruptive) once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him.” So what Jesus would do if someone was disruptive is He would remove them. Our God is not the author of confusion, or of disorder, and you can be certain that when His word is being taught He would not be okay with anyone interrupting it or threatening His people.
Our meeting ended last night in unity and love because all involved were mature enough to leave their own ideas about what they “thought” Jesus would do out of the conversation and simply submitted themselves to what Jesus did do and what Jesus said to do.
This weekend we will be back in 2 Corinthians chapter 10 in a very important study called “Boasting in the Lord, the one Whom the Lord Commends.” This section of the Bible will instruct us in discerning whether God is truly in something or not. In our day this is critical. Please join us as we develop discernment in the ways of our God.
Blessings to you all,