Weekly Bible Study #16
Last week I talked about the body of Christ and this week will be sort of an extension of that message. This time I’d like to talk about competition in the Church. Now when I say competition I am not talking about being on a church bowling team, instead I am referring to competing for members, statistics or other things. Often times you might see two churches or ministries of different sorts trying to compete with each other. Church A competes to have better music than church B, and church B tries to convert members of church A to church B and so on. This is very counter-productive and not at all how God intended things to be.
Romans 14:13 (NLT)
13 So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.
Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)
17As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT)
24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
I think a lot of people get the impression sometimes that all of the Christian metal radio stations are in competition but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I am thankful that the Christian metal scene consists of a good group of people who work together and help each other out. On occasion we will ask each other for advice and its when your all on the same page and working toward the same common goal you are capable of so much more. I have a lot of respect for all my fellow broadcasters from Sanctus Gladius, Untombed and so on.
When it comes down to it any Christian ministry should be working toward a common goal and that is to further the kingdom of God. Truly when we stand before Jesus He is not going to ask “Why didn’t you have more listeners than the other stations?”, but if you don’t stay focused on the goal He very well may ask why we spent time trying to best our peers when that time could’ve been spent more constructively or collaboratively.
I’m always glad to see new Radio stations startup and I’m always happy to re-broadcast their shows. Why? Because looking at the big picture I think its great to have a lot of different stations, rather than one a few big stations. Secular music has the luxury of switching to any of the countless stations available while Christian listeners are limited in their choices. I say the more the better!
Philippians 1:1-5 (NLT)
1This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.
I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the elders and deacons.
2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.
In this letter from Paul and Timothy they didn’t write to “the Christians at the church on the corner”, he wrote to “all of God’s holy people who belong to Christ Jesus”, and they thank all of them for being their partners in spreading the word about Christ. He didn’t rally them to sell more than the other church at next week’s bake sale, he addresses them all collectively.
We are not here to build empires, we are here to bring glory to the Lord.