The Essential Jesus – Jesus and Church Health

When I first joined a soccer club I played for Coolum Beach under 12s. I’d never played in a club team before and really enjoyed the dynamic of teamwork. It took practice to hone and develop our skills, building relationships so that trust and support grew, and listening to our coach. It’s a little bit the same with the church team or family. We need to grow our relationship with each other, develop gifts and skills and trust our Lord to be with us and lead us.
In Revelation chapter 2 and 3 Jesus speaks into the life of seven churches. Jesus is constantly directing and encouraging his church to be all she is called to be—the bride of Christ and witness to the world.
In Revelation chapter 2, Jesus is speaking to the churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum and Thyatira. Jesus encourages them in the good things he is seeing. Like a good coach, he is pointing out their strengths and development. Each community has different challenges both internally and externally. But also as coach he is addressing problems and areas to improve. The church at Ephesus had lost their first love. They were just going through the motions. The church in Smyrna was under persecution. Some would go to prison but they were encouraged to be faithful. The church at Pergamum was holding to some false teaching and needed correction. The church at Thyatira had Jezebel in the church who was leading people away from God. She needed to be confronted.
What strikes me is that Jesus is serious about the health and impact of his church. We are accountable to Him. We are a team, a family, a community that bears witness to Jesus in our world. So Jesus will be giving us encouragement, direction and correction to stay true to the path he has us on. He will address conflict, complacency, apathy, misdirection. He wants us spiritually healthy – growing in our love of God, of others and the mission of making disciples. Each year and season opens up new challenges for the church including SHBC. So please pray that we would have ears to “hear what the Spirit says” to us in our season.
God bless.  Pastor Stephen