Beaver Dam Baptist Church
Thursday, April 18, 2019
It's A Great Day in Beaver Dam

Our Greatest Needs/The Church's Need

Our Greatest Needs:

 

            The great need of preservation: A need to survive and live life to its fullest. God has given us the breath of life and with it a desire to live and survive, not only to survive, but to live and fulfill the potential we are born with. Even with disease or mental illness the God created self within us stays in tack.

Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." All we need is an opportunity to overcome our sense of inadequacy caused by the stresses and strains of life to live abundantly. Christ gives us that opportunity through faith in Him and His sustaining power. It is sad that we do not use our faith more to acquire emotional stability.

In order to live life to its fullest we need to be free from moral failure, to conquer life’s temptations. We often find in ourselves character flaws that only faith in God can remove. Good habits turn into great character. Great faith relies upon the sure Word of God to help in time of temptation. I Cor. 10:13 "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."

            If we are to persevere in life we need a positive vision of what we can become in Christ. We need to see our potential as Christ saw  when He went to the cross and died for us. If we could only get a glimpse of the glory of being a child of God it would change us radically for the good and the holy.

            The great need of acceptance: We all like to be liked, and almost everything we do consciously or unconsciously is wrapped up in being liked. The sad thing is that most of the time we do not even like ourselves. We need a second chance for ourselves and we find that in the forgiveness and reconciliation of Christ’s sacrifice for us. But we also need to appropriate this forgiveness personally for ourselves and for everyone we know. Oh! The depth of God’s redeeming love. A second component of acceptance is the need for encouragement. Philippians 4:13
"I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me." Knowing that God is with us, for us, in us can be all the encouragement we need. When all else fails, if we have faith in God, that is enough.

            The great need of gratitude: A profound gratitude is what we need to motivate us forward. An attitude that says I can never pay back the debt I owe to the influence of my parents, the education I have, the freedom I enjoy, the church and faith that is mine, and to the mentors who have shown me the way in life. There needs to be an attitude of gratitude for giving back, because we have been given so much. Let us never forget that Christ though he was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (II Cor. 8:9)

            The great need for passionate goals: I say passionate for we are only passionate toward the things we love. What is life without passion; something to love? First, we must be passionate about God. The first commandment is: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength." Mark 12:30. Secondly, we must be passionate about our country for "One nation under God;" Praying that "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Matt. 6:10. Thirdly, we must be passionate about our church. Christ loves the church and gave Himself for her. We must be willing to give and spend ourselves in His service for His glory. Fourthly, we should be passionate about our mate in life and the family of one’s own, for these are of God.’'

The Greatest needs of the Church:

            The basic needs of the church are three in number: the first being a saved membership, a saved membership which originates from a sense of lostness. A person must come to the knowledge of sin and sinfulness in the sight of God’s all holiness. A person must come to the knowledge of Christ’s perfect sacrifice upon the cross to pay for our redemption. A person must come to know the value of the church for themselves and for others, in that the church is a divinely called out body of believers, baptized in obedience to Christ’s command, for the ongoing outreach and building up of the kingdom of God. This church body comes together to give of themselves, to serve, and then receive edification through worship, encouragement, love and acceptance.

            The second basic need of the church is for a Spirit filled membership exemplifying the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance."   These come out of a sense of belonging to God’s family, participation in God’s work, and fulfilling God’s purposes for the believer. When we trust in the indwelling Spirit of God, and stay focused upon Christ and His word, the fruit of the Spirit is part and parcel of being saved.

            The third basic need of the church is an attitude of revival. Many people pray and wait for revival but revival never comes. I believe that God wants for us to have revival all the time and that revival can be renewed as many times as the Holy Spirit is allowed to fill us anew. Every time we have an increased awareness of God’s agenda or purpose for us in evangelism, missions, and worship, God blesses us in accordance to the vision and our obedience to the increased awareness which we receive from Him through times of prayer, commitment, and obedience to His leadership. When we are led by His Spirit and walking in obedience to His revealed will for our lives, we have been called into partnership with God. This partnership with God is recognized by ourselves and others as personal spiritual leadership, with power and influence, to accomplish what God intends for us to accomplish. That old song we sing so often has much truth in it; "Trust and Obey."

            What the Church lacks is purity, out of commitment to God’s presence, generosity, out of gratitude for what God has done, joyfulness, out of trusting God and walking with Him, and enabling, out of a sense of our needs and His provision.  We need to be enabled for the practical tasks of doing ministry. He is the vine; we are the branches. Abiding in Him is the essential requirement for bearing spiritual fruit and being used for His glory. John 15:5, "For without me ye can do nothing." We are to be a doing church and a doing church needs energy, vision, purpose, all of which comes from abiding in Him.

            What Church leaders need is an all consuming healthy mindedness beginning with goodwill toward all and obedience through commitment. Spiritual leaders need understanding of people and tasks; expectation of criticism and opposition; cooperation and teamwork; perseverance and patience; an undiscourageable spirit; a positive attitude, and passion or love for God and His work. Poorly equipped leaders have too many distractions; not enough rest; little or no devotional time; lack of trust in God; and they tend to burn out eventually. Inspired leaders or Spirit filled leaders are enthusiastic, energetic, surrendered, committed, consecrated and influentially powerful for the glory of God and the good of the community.

Partnering with God is a most spiritual task. We need to see what God is doing and join with Him. We need to know what God’s agenda is; what He wants of us, and do it by loving obedience, exemplifying, modeling for the world, the church and for all to see the glory of God in us. What is it that God requires of us: Micah 6:8, "To do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"