Churches With Problems

Paul the apostle wrote to many churches during his ministry. It would be good to consider a larger picture of that time revealed in his letters.

Galatia – Gal 1:2 – “To the churches of Galatia.” They were deserting Christ for a false gospel (Gal 1:6).

Ephesians – “To the saints who are at Ephesus.” They had to correct former gentile practices (Eph 4:1; 4:17).

Philippians – Some preached with a wrong attitude (Phil 1:15).

Colossians – False doctrines, philosophy and deception (Col 2:8).

Thessalonica – Impurity (1 Thess 4:7).
There were often multiple problems in every area that the Holy Spirit connected through Paul’s pen, but the Holy Spirit still called these people “saints,” “the Church of God,” and “brethren.”
 There was no “perfect,” “sinless” congregation in the 1st century and you will not find one. And should you find one, they won’t want you. You will find good ones, great ones and godly ones, but you will not find a sinless, flawless congregation. When you get frustrated with people, remember that Jesus died so we can all be forgiven.
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Great Names

We usually give our children names we love and ones that others would like and receive well.  Our heavenly Father has given us some wonderful names to share, which also describe His love for us and our relationship with Him!

Christian – Acts 11:26, 26:28; 1 Pet 4:16 – We are followers of Christ.  We are members of the Body of Christ.  A name of scorn for some, but honor for the believer.

Saints – Rom 1:7, 8:27; 1 Cor 1:2, 14:33 – Saints or “holy ones” appears 61 times in the NT.  God has sanctified us, set us apart for service and pronounced us as “holy.”

Priests – 1 Pet 2:5 – We are a holy priesthood and called by God to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God.

Children – Rom 8:16; Eph 5:1,8; Phil 2:15 – We are born into God’s family (John 3:3-5; Titus 3:5) and are called children of God.

Family – Eph 3:14-15 – We are part of God’s family.

What a privilege and honor!  What great names we bear by the grace of God.  So, remember who you are and where you are going.
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