Without a doubt, a large segment of those, who call themselves Christians, are unable to explain, why they believe that they will go to Heaven when they die. They have no clear understanding of why it is important for them to have a good working knowledge of scriptures that are contained in the Old Testament. Neither, can they draw a correlation between the teachings of the Old and New Testaments. They don’t know what is required of them since they had become Christians. These same people are unsure if they can lose their salvation, or not. Communion is better understood by them as being a matter of confusion. They are flustered when the subject of Revelation is mentioned.
Every church should be very intentional in its requirement to “equip the saints for works of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12). The body of Christ has been given clear instructions in God’s Holy Word to:
“Go, teach, baptize, and teach,” Matthew 28:18-20. (The Great Commission)
“Minister to the less fortunate,” Matthew 25:35-40. (Benevolence)
“Teach others to teach others,” Ephesians 4:12. (Equipping The Saints)
We should be serious about preparing all of our people, both men and women, to share the gospel, to minister to the less fortunate, and to teach others to do the same things. We should place a lot of emphasis on Old Testament scriptures, for the purpose of pointing those scriptures to their fulfillment in Jesus and the new covenant. We should find great value in teaching the feasts of the Jews, as being fulfilled in Christ. We should find great satisfaction in teaching believers, to teach other believers, that once we have been born again, that we can not be “unborn again.” We should find great fulfillment in the teaching of the end times. Great satisfaction should be found in teaching others about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. This should be very successful through our fellowship meals, during which time a remembrance is made of the sacrifice that Jesus made for all who know Him as their Lord and Savior. We should encourage others to consider having such fellowship meals frequently, and also to make it a point of emphasis during times of home Bible studies and other cell group meetings.
In summary, churches should stress the following:
Teach others the things that Jesus taught His disciples. Minister to the less fortunate. Equip saints, “men and women,” to equip other saints. Focus on Old Testament teachings and their New Testament fulfillment. Ensure that saints are aware of their eternal security in Christ. Create a good understanding of the end times. Teach scriptural intimacy that is present in the “Passover/Last Supper/Breaking Bread/Communion Of The Saints.”
Churches and ministries should have teaching that reaches saints who reside around the world. We know that without the shed blood of Jesus, all of our works of ministry would be in vain. Let us consider the words of the following song of worship and praise that tell us about that precious blood of Christ. The song is sung by Elizabeth Ford, and accompanied by the orchestra and choir of the First Baptist Church Of Panama City (Southern Baptist Convention) in Panama City, Florida.