Father, you promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against your church. We want to lift up your children who are being persecuted for your name, that you would protect them, that you would provide for them, that you would empower them for Your name’s sake.
I have personally been blessed to be a part of this group of people, meeting every week to sharpen one another in our thinking and devotion to God. There’s a great spirit of learning among us as we open ourselves up to be challenged by the Holy Spirit through the reading and our responding to it together.
It is difficult to break the habit of being consumers when “church” is being packaged up deliberately as a need-meeting product. We forget that church is supposed to be a Spirit-united family of the faithful growing together and serving one another. Instead, we judge whole congregations on the basis of their pastor’s celebrity and reputation. And we get a certain self-satisfaction when strangers recognize our pastor’s name.
On “The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’ Essential Teaching on Discipleship” by Dallas Willard: “It is not everyday that you read a book that radically challenges you to take stock of your life and your walk with God. This is one such book.” (Giju Abraham on goodreads.com)
But how are we supposed to be like Jesus when the Bible says there is no one that is good except God? God is good and, because He is good, He does not leave us or abandon us. We can be as He is and He invites us to do so.