[forthright] Is This the Church that Helps People?

Message: < previous - next > : Reply : Subscribe : Cleanse
Home   : February 2010 : Group Archive : Group : All Groups

From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 07:42:30 -0800 (PST)
Forthright Magazine
http://www.forthright.net
Straight to the Cross

Visit the Fellowship Room and find something unigue
and powerful. Many writers adding daily meditations
on  God's Word. See what you are missing
http://fellowshiproom.org/


COLUMN: GUEST ARTICLES

Is This the Church that Helps People?
 by David Courington

Several years ago, the phone rang in my office at the
church building and a very timid voice asked, "Is this
the church that helps people?"

It startled me a bit at first, but I was glad that I
could confidently say, "Yes, it is!" The young lady
needed some food, and yes, we helped her with that
need.

However, there are so many ways that the church helps
people. And we would like to help you.

It helps people know the love of Christ. Paul said,
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that
while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans
5:8).

How much do you know about the love of Christ? You can
learn about it in his church.

It helps people learn about the salvation from sin that
God offers. In Acts 2, there were thousands gathered
who heard Peter and the other apostles teach the truth
about Jesus being the Messiah. These same people had
crucified Jesus. They were distraught over their sin.

Peter helped them to believe in Christ and showed them
how to come to him by repenting of their sins and being
baptized (Acts 2:38). Many of these sinful men
complied with his teaching for the remission of their
sins.

Did you know that the church could help you become free
from guilt?

It helps people learn a way that will lead to a better
life here and in eternity. While so many struggle with
a selfish, materialistic way of life, drunkenness, drug
addiction, etc.,

God’s word teaches a way that leads to eternal life
with God. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the
life." (John 14:6). It was Him who said, "I am come
that you might have life, and that you might have it
more abundantly."

It helps people find the way to deal with frustrating
problems. No, becoming a member of the church does not
remove all of our problems, but it helps us endure
them.

Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ which
strengthens me."(Philippians 4:11). Are you weak? The
church can help.

It helps people to help each other. Life has lost any
meaning for many people. God's family has a mutual
concern for one another. Do you want to go to a place
where people genuinely care for one another? We can
help as we "love one another" as He loved us (John
13:34).

It helps people who are discouraged. Yes, we are living
in discouraging and frustrating times. The church
exhorts and encourages one another. (Hebrews 10:24-25).

If you need a good dose of encouragement, come here for
a visit.

These are troubling times and we always want to help.
However, the church is really only able to help those
who are willing to be helped. How can we help you? 

----
Read this article online, write your reaction, and read
others' comments as well. Click here:
http://tinyurl.com/ydlzmxa

You can help get the word out. Here's how:
http://www.forthright.net/editorial/lend_a_hand.html