Sam Rainer on Churches, Here’s How You Become What You Celebrate

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“The service was good and the baptism was quick, but what I experienced at the party changed me.”

Shirley was in her 70s, and I’ll never forget her words. She came to Christ because her grandson invited her to his baptism.

Shirley talked about how the entire church celebrated with her grandson after the service. “It was when they brought out the birthday cake to signify his new birth that I began to cry. The church began to sing. I had never experienced such joy, and I knew that I wanted to have this joy.”

You become what you celebrate. Whatever a church celebrates regularly will inevitably become rooted in the culture of the congregation.

Celebrate the right things. A church can celebrate any number of milestones, people, or anniversaries. Recognizing these things is not necessarily wrong. Churches that celebrate the fruits of evangelism, however, tend to have a culture that produces more passion for reaching others. Celebrate inwardly, and your church will have an inward culture. Celebrate outwardly, and your church will have more of an outward focus.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Sam Rainer

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