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Series: Luis Palau | Rooted in the Church

Luis Palau urges us to fight against the temptation to laze in bed on Sunday morning in his messages this week on “Reaching your World.”  There is great value for us, and for the whole family of God if we are committed to our local church. 

Saying Yes to God's Prompting Friday, May 14, 2021

When I first felt God’s prompting to become a preaching evangelist, I resisted thoroughly. I couldn’t believe God would want to use me in that way. It seemed absurd.

As I read the Bible and studied the life of Moses right in this season of agonizing, I was confronted with the part of the story we would rather forget: God threatened to end Moses’ life. While there’s a lot to unpack, that story had a significant effect on my story. It completely changed my story of obedience to my calling as an evangelist. And, it should influence all of us to yield our lives to the Lord our God, our maker and creator.

The Lord’s authority over all of us is clear. What’s more, He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. So, each one of us needs to allow Him to lead us in the way He desires. He is in charge. Not me. Not you. It took time, but I began changing my mindset. I started telling God, “You open doors. You shut them. I will be obedient.” And - no big surprise - He did exactly that. And He continues to do it.

Today, I joyfully accept God’s calling on my life. I have had the privilege of proclaiming His Good News to millions of people around the world, and if God can use me, He can use anyone. Imagine what God would love to do--through you!

This is Andrew Palau.

You can Minister Too Thursday, May 13, 2021

As Christians, we need to plant our roots deeply into the local church. But how? First, make a commitment to your local church. Second, speak well of your church.

Third, seek to serve and minister within your local church. Ask what you can contribute to the Body of Christ through your personal involvement. Remember, "to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good," 1 Corinthians 12:7. It isn’t enough to know we have spiritual gifts—we are to use them.

Beware of the mind-set that looks to see if the church will meet your needs. Since when is the church a country club where you pay your dues until you find something more exciting to do?

Instead, the attitude that should characterize us as Christians is love—a love that gives and serves. The Lord Jesus said, "All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another," John 13:35.

When you get ready for church, take any expectations about what you want to get and leave them home with your dog or cat. After all you and I are there at church not to get – although we do get a lot - but to give.
Consequently, everything you receive will be a blessing.

This is Luis Palau.

Speak Well of your Church Wednesday, May 12, 2021

As Christians, we need to plant our roots deeply into the local church. But how? First, make a commitment to your local church.

Second, speak well of your church. Even though it has faults, obey 1 Corinthians 1:10. It says don’t allow yourself to develop a critical spirit. Your church is your spiritual "family" in Christ. Defend it! When others grumble about it, remind them to take the matter to the elders, not to the rest of the congregation.

It is important that parents learn to speak well of "our" church. Let your children hear you talking about "our" pastor, "our" elders, "our" deacons, "our" Sunday school, "our" church retreat. This will help them claim the church as their own as they grow older. My wife Pat and I have seen the fruitful results in our four sons’ lives.

Also, speak well of your church by inviting others to attend with you. A church historian once found the average person in a particular denomination invited others to church once every 28 years. Surely we can do better than that!
What’s more, be sure to invite missionaries over for dinner in your home. They’ll be blessed, sure, but you’ll be blessed even more. And so will your children.

This is Luis Palau.

Be Committed to your Church Tuesday, May 11, 2021

As Christians, we need to plant our roots deeply into the local church. But how? First, make a commitment to your local church. My wife Pat and I are active members of a local church in Portland, Oregon. For decades we traveled to minister at evangelistic festivals and conferences and colleges and churches throughout the United States and in over 75 nations around the world.
Then again, we were never excused from taking an active part in our home church and remaining in subjection to the elders. For many years we felt it was important to consult with them on major decisions involving our family and ministry.

My advice, based on God’s Word, to every Christian is the same: Attend church regularly. Follow the prescribed procedures to become a member. Observe the Lord’s Supper and follow Him in baptism. Inform the church leaders that your desire is to become an active member and serve under the leaders’ bibilical authority.

What are your options? If you remain shallow in your relationship to your local church, you will lose out on the support of other Christians when you need it most. So, don’t delay. Start planting your roots deeply into a good, solid, loving, Christ-honoring, Bible-preaching local church.

This is Luis Palau.

Participating in a Church Monday, May 10, 2021

How essential is the local church in developing strong, godly individuals, couples, and families? One man told me the church definitely takes second or third place in his list of priorities. "Family has to come first," he said. So, he and his family don’t attend church regularly any more.

Maybe if you have money, health, and a busy schedule, you don’t feel the need to fellowship with other Christians. But when the storms of life hit—and they will—suddenly you’ll find nobody’s there. If you remain shallow in your relationship with the members of your local church, you will lose out on the support of other Christians when you need it most.

By neglecting to minister within your local church, you also cause other Christians to lose something. The Lord Jesus Himself says in John 15 that He is the Vine, and we are connected to Him as branches. As a result, through Jesus, we are connected to each other. In Colossians chapter 1 we read, “…in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church.”
I urge you, plant your roots deeply into a good, solid, Christ-honoring, Bible-preaching local church.

This is Luis Palau.

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