* This article was sent as an email to the CIL Church family, but I think the content will benefit many who read it.
You have no idea how important you are! You are building the Kingdom of God through your participation at CIL. The United States of America is under a shaking right now. Most people see this in politics and social issues. I think that focus is a distraction from a more dangerous shaking in the spiritual realm.
The American church is in accelerated decline right now, and that dip includes the digital church. While the digital church is necessary and part of how we worship moving forward, fewer people are watching services than Spring 2020. The novelty of watching church online is out; sleeping late on Sundays is in. This reality is occurring all across the country. Children are not learning Scripture. Teenagers are not in a Christian community. On a national level, how will this impact a generation if this continues?
While this is occurring, are we replacing spiritual fervor with political and social passion? Where is our true passion? Has affection for Jesus drifted to another source?
I do not mean to discourage you, but rather honor you. Your church participation at any level is a tremendous help right now in preserving the Kingdom of God in America. All activities – prayer, in-person attendance, online worship, financial contributions, teaching children, leading a teenage small group, taking a meal to someone, posting Scripture – keeps the flame of the gospel burning, even when people are looking away.
When the next national revival occurs, CIL Church will be ready to be part of history. Until then, we do not back down from the challenge. With God’s help, we will continue to thrive. Don’t fall away from the church, now!
I call God’s people to build His Kingdom through the local church. Whatever you can contribute makes a difference. Believe in the local church because Jesus chose the local church to represent Himself to the world.
What a privilege it is to live in these days!