The Best Church?

by Stan Mitchell
preacheroutline.jpg“If anyone thinks he has reason to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee” (Philippians 3:4,5).
Once upon a time in a community there arose an argument over two preachers. Which one was the greatest preacher? So they decided on a competition. Both would preach the next Sunday, and the townspeople would decide.
The Sunday came, the crowds gathered, and the first man rose to speak. He was eloquent and polished, dramatic and powerful. At the end of the sermon, the townspeople declared: “What a great preacher!”
The second man stood to speak. He spoke simply and earnestly from the Bible. His subject was Jesus Christ. And all the townspeople said, “What a great Savior!”
Sometimes its tempting for preachers and churches to forget what is truly important. We publicize our own activities, we present ourselves as the best preachers, the best church, the best worship. Since when did it all become about us?
We don’t have the best savior. We have the only one. We don’t worship the best God. We worship the only God. To honor anyone less would be to honor Him less!

2 Replies to “The Best Church?”

  1. Excellent article. I always pray before my sermons that people will walk away, not thinking of what a poor speaker I am or what a good speaker I am, but that they would think about what I preached on.
    I will republish your article in the October issue of The Bible Meditator.
    Thanks.

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