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The Importance of atmosphere in a congregation

Anyone concerned with the growth of the local congregation must develop a big picture mentality. Otherwise, we can become lost in the details and miss the wider vision of Christ.

Jesus built his Church, kingdom and household (Matthew 16:18-19; Ephesians 2:19). Everything begins and ends with him and his Word (Psalm 119:105).

Maintaining this household must be done by heaven, not by the flesh. The leadership of the local work must be first and foremost scripturally-minded.

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17, NKJV).

When we’re added to Christ (Acts 2:38,47), we begin the transformation process (Romans 12:1-2) to learn a new way of living by the Word. All blessings are in Christ (Ephesians 1:3) and through his power (Ephesians 1:17-19), we walk in him (Ephesians 4:1).

As God’s people, we live in the Spirit and bear his fruit (Galatians 5:22-25). We’re called to rise above the flesh and to see ourselves as ambassadors at all times (Ephesians 4:17-19). The work of Christ transcends our own fleshly appetites.

In the Lord’s Church, we embody the Christian walk of love by putting others above ourselves (1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 1 John 4:7-11). We glorify Christ by remaining spiritually focused on our mission at all times (Ephesians 3:20-21).

In so doing, we measure our words from the pulpit and in private so we edify others and help direct souls to Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).

Truth can’t be compromised (Galatians 1:8-9) but we can restrain our flesh and remember what we’re about as God’s people (Ephesians 4:15).

A kind, giving spirit with a firm doctrine is a powerful force in this world. Let us always carry that mantle.

At every moment, let us remain on alert to speak for the Master because he is all that matters.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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2 thoughts on “The Importance of atmosphere in a congregation

  1. Good words, brother. Atmosphere does as much to aid the truth as it does to deter people from it.

  2. Your opening paragraph, “Anyone concerned with the growth of the local congregation must develop a big picture mentality. Otherwise, we can become lost in the details and miss the wider vision of Christ,” hit the nail on the head! Good job, brother.

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