45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers. (Luke 19:45 – 46)
Theme: The Local Church
A big thank you to those of you who commented yesterday as we reflected on the passion Jesus showed for people. Today we will reflect on the passion Jesus displayed for God’s mission as performed in the house of God.
Our passage today is from Luke 19:45 – 46 (presented above). This popular passage demonstrates how passionate Jesus was about God’s house being used for its intended purpose. It is very evident that Jesus is not pleased with the distortion of God’s mission by the those who were selling in the temple courts.
There are clear lessons here for the local church. While this passage refers to the temple, we need look no further than the report on the churches in the book of Revelations 2 and 3 to see how important it is for local churches to live out God’s mission. Evangelism and discipleship are certainly consistent with God’s mission, and over the last month, we have discussed many of the ways that the Disciplines affect these activities. However, there are times when objectives become distorted in local churches. For example, fellowship becomes distorted, and the local church becomes a social club. Or worship becomes distorted, and the local church becomes a house of entertainment. Or stewardship becomes distorted, and the local church becomes a house of commerce. The list of possible distortions goes on and on.
Please prayerfully read the passage above and answer the question below.
How can you contribute to your local church staying true to God’s mission?