Sometimes I wonder what it means for a service to be great. Is it the number of people that attended? Or the number of people that were saved or the number of people that were blessed? I think it is a combination of all of them. However, lately (a couple of months) I have been more interested in people becoming saved (totally transformed).
In the book of Acts of the apostles, we see that the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. I long to see people being added to our local church daily and the church in Montreal daily. Do you know that if the Lord is adding to all the local congregations monthly, we would have at least 52 new members in the church every year? Our model of growth however at Overcomers assembly is for God to double our numbers every year. My concern however is that if we do not preach the gospel as it is (no sugar coating) we would only get people who like the idea of Christianity but are not truly saved. With this kind of half-baked salvation, the model will not work.
So what do we do? I think the first step is to determine how many of us are truly saved. I think this is something every pastor is required to know (at least as much as we can tell from human point of view). If we are indeed given the mandate by God to watch over the lives of His people, we must be diligent to know their spiritual states and to be able to help them to move on from where they are now to a better position.
I have taken it upon myself therefore to continue to meet with members of the church one by one to inquire about their states and to encourage them if they are already in the Lord to win others to Christ. I have no doubt that once I have been able to determine the number that are saved, we will be able to double that number.
So if the number of those saved are 18, it will take another 8 yrs for us to get to 5000 members. However if there are only 15 people that are truly saved, it will take us 10 more years to get to about 6000 members. I don’t care how long it will take even if it will take 20 years. What I am praying for is a solid foundation and a clear knowledge of the number of people that we are starting with.
This week and the next 2 weeks are going to be very busy for me, so I may not blog as much. I have two final papers to hand in within the next 3 weeks. However, I hope to post at least one article before the end of the month. The Lord keeps surprising us with financial blessings. A brother sent $100 from Alberta. All glory to God.