One church has Christian programs. The other develops a Christian culture with prayer and the word.
What is the difference between Christian programs and a Christian culture. One is rooted in the working of the Holy Spirit and a desperation to see the face of God. This study is geared towards leadership in the church however, as a church member, we need to identify the difference between the culture and just another program. Just to be clear this is not bashing programs, but it is taking into consideration that we put our dependence on programs and men and not on the Holy Spirit.
We were created to have intimacy with God thru prayer and the ministry of the word. We should be desperate for it. Old Paths is a representation of Acts 6:4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” This act of the early Christians caused a growth and a steady faith. It is a high view of prayer and scripture. Prayer is God focused and not on the work of men.
Some of the quotes that I found encouraging.
I have defined love as an act of self-sacrifice, flowing from the heart, produced by the Holy Spirit for the good of others and the Glory of God.
News Flash! When we stand before Christ there will be no mention of attendance, budget and buildings.
Christ who is undeniably powerful and present in the lives of His people. This is the realty of the glory of God, that is, the magnification of the person of Christ by His people and the manifestation of the presence of Christ within His people.
We don’t need something new. We need the Holy Spirit and a desperation for the Lord. Not get something but to get Him alone. It starts with the leadership of the church. It is caught not taught. I would agree that this study will capture you to the heart of God for those that seek Him.
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