John’s last years
The Apostle John lived a long life. He lived so long that in the last chapter of his Gospel he had to correct the rumor that he would not die but would live until Jesus returned. (John 21:20-23)
Near the end of his life he supervised a group of churches near Ephesus in Asia Minor. There churches were not perfect.
His first letter was a message that focused on sin in the life of the believer. It ended with the charge that his readers keep themselves from idols. (1 John 5:21)
His second letter talked about a church that was strong and faithful. But, even in his commendation, he said that he was happy to find that some of the members walked in the truth. (2 John 4)
His third letter talks about divisions and opposition to his leadership in one of his churches. (3 John 9-10)
Churches are not perfect
Churches are not perfect. They are made of people who have come to Christ from background that are full of false notions about God, right and wrong, how a marriage works, etc. They have been hurt and used and have learned protective devices that hinder their spiritual growth.
Advice I received
When I was new in the faith a leader told us that we should not wait until we found the perfect church. When any real people joined it would not be perfect anymore.
Are there any things about your church that bother you that you have not prayed about this week?
Are there any things about your church that bother you that you have never prayed about?
When was the last time you prayed for the leaders of your church?