Daily Manna “God´s Design for Church”

Daily Manna/Devotional “God´s Design for Church”
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December 5, 2021

Hebrews 10:23-25 📖 When you hear the word church, do you picture a little white building full of smiling people in fancy clothes? As lovely as that image may be, God´s design for church is unrelated to it. He created the church to be a unified fellowship of believers who encourage each other and carry out His ministry to the world.

The Bible clearly defines the following as ministries of the church: worshipping the living God, instructing and edifying believers, making disciples of all nations, and serving the needy. Unless the leadership is careful, however, these purposes can all too easily get out of balance, with the unfortunate result that the body ends up malnourished. For example, a church with too heavy an emphasis on praise could become introverted. Congregations that overemphasize teaching might lose their joy, and those that evangelize to the neglect of the other areas could miss out on great faith. Because of sin and human imperfection, we do not experience church as it was originally intended. Instead, there´s a tendency to overemphasize certain ministry areas. What´s more, divisive arguments— many of which concern minor issues, such as music preferences or clothing choices—too often destroy church unity. Greed, pride, selfishness, and gossip can also tear a congregation apart.

Since they´re composed of imperfect people, churches will be imperfect too, and expecting anything else will lead to disappointment. Nonetheless, we should strive for God´s original design, continually measuring ourselves against Scripture and correcting course to realign with His purpose.

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Daily Manna “Knowing and Loving God”

Daily Manna/Devotional “Knowing and Loving God”
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December 3, 2021

Proverbs 22:6 📖 If we were asked to name the greatest and most influential people, we´d probably think of presidents or leaders of industry, business, banking, or education because their decisions shape the world. But who shaped them? Perhaps one of the most influential people in anyone´s life is a mother.

When a woman is in the process of raising small children, changing diapers, wiping noses, and settling squabbles, it may not seem like important work. However, God has given mothers the responsibility of shaping those young lives and teaching the importance of knowing and loving Him. Susanna Wesley didn´t have a high-ranking title at a large company, but she raised 19 children, including two sons—John and Charles Wesley—who were the founders of Methodism. Despite the demands of a large family, she committed herself to spending a full hour with each child once a week. She taught them theology, and through her example, they learned to love and trust God. If you´re a mom, you have tremendous influence in the lives of your children. There´s no way to know how God will use them in the future. But whatever His plans may be, you can equip your sons and daughters by determining to spend time with them each day, reading and teaching them God´s Word.

But perhaps the greatest impact you have on your children is your example. When they see you modeling godly character or trusting the Lord in the midst of trials, they will want to know and love God as you do. And that is the best way you can equip the next generation.

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