God always has had a purpose. God made it clear He had a purpose in the Bibles first book in Genesis 12:3. Paul confirmed that the divine promise to bless all families of the earth through Abrahams descendants was a reference to Gods intention to send Jesus to be the Christ (Galatians 3:8, 16). In Romans 3:21-26, this same Paul declared how much God accomplished in Jesus sacrificerighteousness, the power to save gentiles by faith, justification, grace, redemption, propitiation, a demonstration of Gods righteousness in pre-Jesus forbearance, and a declaration of Gods justice in mercy.
God has never bumbled along achieving good by accident. God is and always has been intentional. He intended to achieve in Jesus what He achieved. Long before Jesus birth, God intended for Jesus life and death to be the core (the centerpiece) of every good thing He did and would do for sinful humans.
Healthy congregations are filled with intentional people who surrender to an intentional God. These Christians are not accidental in the way they live their lives for Jesus Christ. They serve their Lord Jesus Christ with thought, planning, reason, and purpose. They understand one of Gods purposes is for Jesus to be their example!
A person has to be intentional to believe that good is stronger than evil (Romans 12:21), to pray for his/her enemies (Matthew 5:44), to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39), to understand Gods grace covers all our flaws (Ephesians 2:4-9), and to grasp that God rewards the righteous after physical death (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). Healthy congregations are the result of the members faith in God. These God-focused members understand physical life is an investment in the life that exists after physical death. Physical life is not about ones earthly lifestyle, but about life with Godnow and in Heaven! Poverty is no hindrance to Gods blessings! Poverty is not proof of Gods lack of concern!
To be a healthy congregation, it is not enough to believe God exists! It is only enough to believe God exists and has objectives! The healthy congregation allows God to declare His objectives as believers in God adopt His objectives rather than making our objectives Gods purposes. Our objective: to grasp all Gods purposes in Jesus Christ.
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