Mercy Street Church of Christ
Abilene, TX
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God's Church and Word

God's Church and Word

When Paul and Barnabas set out into the unknown on the first missionary journey, they found (as Abraham, Joseph and Moses had found before them) that God was with them. That is exactly what they reported on their return (Acts 14:27; 15:12). Indeed, this assurance is indispensable to missions. Change is painful to us all, especially when it affects our cherished buildings and customs, and we should not seek to change merely for the sake of change. Yet true Christianity is open to change. It knows that God has bound himself to his church (promising that he will never leave it) and to his Word (promising that it will never pass away). But God's church means people not buildings, and God's Word means Scripture not traditions. So long as these essentials are preserved, the buildings and the traditions can go if necessary. We must not allow them to imprison the living God or to impede his mission in the world. Amen.

Grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, Iím Stan Baldwin.

ďAnd when they arrived, they gathered the church together and declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. Ė Acts 14:27 RSV.



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