Are You an American “Settler?”

A few years ago, DirecTV released a series of commercials playing on the word, “Settlers.” The commercials starred a family who dressed like “settlers” of the American west. The word-play was that they still lived like the “settlers” of the American west and still used antiquated technology. Thus, they “settled” for cable instead of DirecTV.
 
I would argue that many in American churches have decided to be “Settlers.”
 
Anyone who truly believes in Jesus to the point that they are willing to imitate Him as His disciple; is truly indwelled by His Holy Spirit; and knows what Scripture says; has to admit that the church in America is not everything that it should be.
 
Furthermore, I believe that this fact is more than evident in my immediate area and context. I live in the buckle of the Bible belt where there is literally a church every couple of miles (and often multiple churches within one mile of each other). And even with a church on every corner, none of them are really everything that they should be if Jesus is Lord and Scripture is true.
 
And I am not talking about, “Well, no church is perfect.” What I am referring to is that our churches do not resemble the idea of the church as presented in Scripture and by Jesus. If we believe in Jesus and know Scripture, we have to be willing to admit that truth. Otherwise, we deny the truth of Scripture and the Lordship of Jesus.
 
Unfortunately, rather than admit that truth, we instead have decided to “settle” for what we have and make excuses for it.
 
And one of the common excuses that we use is that “no one is willing to do what it would take to really change things.” People admit that something different needs to be done, and state that they would be willing to what the Bible teaches we should be doing (making disciples of Jesus who imitate Him by knowing and keeping His words, teachings, commands, and example), but that no one else would be willing to do it; and therefore they can’t do it by themselves.
 
People argue that the other members of their church wouldn’t be willing to do what needs to be done, that their friends and family members wouldn’t be willing to do what needs to be done, that the pastor and leaders of their church wouldn’t be willing to do what needs to be done; therefore, there is no using in them trying to do it either. So, they just “settle” for what they have.
 
But the book of James has a very convicting passage (it actually has a lot of very convicting passages):
 
“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them” (James 4:17).
 
So, if we know that something different needs to be done in our churches, and we do not do it, it is a sin; no excuses.
 
At His Words His Ways Fellowship, we have committed to doing what needs to be done to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus, no excuses.
 
Moreover, we want to offer to anyone else who is willing to do what needs to be done, the opportunity to do it without excuses.
 
At His Words His Ways Fellowship, the church is willing to do what needs to be done. The pastor is willing to do what needs to be done. the people are willing to do what needs to be done.
 
So, if you live within driving distance of Morganton, NC; and your desire is to do what needs to be done to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus; first, we invite you to begin doing it at your church. But if you come to the point that you believe that it cannot be done there, then we invite you to come and join us. Here is our location.
 
The excuses are no longer valid. There is a church, there is a pastor, there are people; who are willing to do what Jesus and Scripture say needs to be done for the church to be what it is meant to be.
 
If you are unsure of what needs to be done, we invite you to read through the following articles to understand what we are doing. The first article is an overview and the other four expound upon the ideas presented in the first one.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You don’t have to “settle.”
 
 
 
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