SUCCEEDING IN CHRIST BY A WILLINGNESS TO CHANGE, PT. 5

Change in the life of a Christian or the life of a church can be difficult.  However, if it is necessary, each individual Christian and each individual church must be ready to change if it will further the cause of Christ and if the change does not violate the Word of God.

For instance, the local church must teach the foundational truths of the Bible and reinforce scriptural convictions.  If this is not being done then change must occur to be in accordance with the will of God and for the individual church or Christian to receive God’s blessings  (see Exodus 20:8; II Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 29:2; Matthew 7:15-16; II Corinthians 6:14-17; I Peter 4:17).

If necessary each individual Christian must be willing to bring about change in their life in order that the scriptural convictions of another believer not be weakened.  It is possible for a more mature Christian to become a stumbling block to a weaker Christian through their life actions and, if this is the case, then the more mature Christian must be willing to bring change to their own lifestyle.  Also, the lifestyle must not hinder the work of Christ in the life of an unbeliever  (see Exodus 20:13; Proverbs 28:10; Matthew 28:6; Romans 14:13; I Corinthians 6).

The individual Christian must have their affections set on things above, not on things of the earth.  The individual Christian must be concerned first and foremost with fulfilling God’s will for their life and not their own will  (see Exodus 20:17; Job 1:21; Matthew 6:20-21; Colossians 3:2; Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16).