I know, today, we have many Churches all over the world, apparently looking as if, Church growth is synonymous to Business Growth, but that is not our focus here, it is not enough to have churches planted everywhere around the world, we must be sure, it is the church of our Lord Jesus.
Because, The Bible made it clear, that Jesus love the Church and gave himself for it.
And going by the standard of God’s word, there is a layout, for the configuration and settings of the Church of JESUS, how it must be and how it must be run, the things that must be present, in order for GOD to come and inhabit it.
So that, it wouldn’t be a gathering unto our own self, this is one of the most catastrophe thing that can ever happen, when we say, we gather unto God and perhaps, he is not even aware of our gathering!
That is really not a good thing, Follow me quickly as i show forth by the help of God’s spirit, the major criteria that must be present and evident in the Church of Jesus.
THE WORD OF GOD
The number one need of the church of Christ is the Word of God, continual preaching of the Word of God, the fire on the altar of the Word of God must continually be burning day in, day out.
Any gathering of the Saints without the sharing of the Word of God is nothing else but a religious gathering.
1 Timothy 3:15 KJV
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through the hand written of Apostle Paul we are made to understand that the church of God is the pillar and ground of the truth.
According to 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
And according to verse 17, it takes the Word of God for any believer to be perfect, another translation says so that man of God maybe thoroughly equipped.. The end product of sharing and preaching the Word of God any of the gathering is as to build and equipped ourselves.
The more the Word of God finds it place and get rooted and establish in our hearts the more equipped we become.
Another benefit for preaching the Word of God in any of the Saints gathering is to communicate the mind of God to the people of God, God reveals His agenda and wills to His servants season by season, and the responsibility of the servant of God is to communicate the agenda and will of God that he has received from God to the Saints.
God don’t want His people to be confused as per His agenda on earth per time, this agenda of God can be towards an individual, group of people, a city, a nation and even a whole continent and the will and agenda of God can only be known through His voice and Through His Word, this is why it’s very important to share the Word in every of the services in our church.
We’re actually not gathering to God if the Word of God is not preach.
Therefore it’s the duty of any spiritual leaders, be it a pastor, Apostles or any of the five fold ministry to be a student of the Word of God, loving and living a studious lifestyle towards the Word of God.
No wonder the pastor of the largest congregation in the world, Pastor Youngi Cho still maintains an habit of devoting his 75% of his time to the preparation of his sermon, thus show how crucial it’s, show me a voracious eater of the Word of God and I’ll show you a man that will go far and go faster in life.
PASSION FOR GOD AND HIS HOUSE
The Bible speaking in Psalm 119:139 KJV says;
My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
This is a prophecy spoken about Jesus even when yet unborn.
Another name for zeal is passion, to have undying passionate heart towards God and His kingdom, living a God first priority lifestyle.
This need to be emphasize in our modern church today, because a lot of people finding their way to church every Sunday’s without even knowing the God they going to worship, they attend church but have zero passion for the things of God.
They can’t stand defending God outside the Pillars of the church, they claim to love God only in His presence on Sunday basis and denied Him from Monday to Saturday only to come and lift Holy hands so to speak on Sunday again, why are we deceiving ourselves?
If we claim to love God, we will should be passionate about Him and His kingdom Jesus commanding us in Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
This is an instruction not an option, if you love God you must be a genuine tither, a genuine giver, you must live a life devoting to studying and meditating on His Word on a daily basis, you must observe your prayer and fasting regularly.
Any thing below this is a mere religion, a wasting of time, and you can’t deceive God, you can only deceive yourself, any Christians LIFE that is not set on Fire for God is Vulnerable to Danger of all kinds.
Please decide to carry God on your head, let it be obvious to everyone around you, these are what we should emphasize in our churches across the globe.
PRAYING AND FASTING
As the saying goes on a prayerless church is a dying church.
While the Word of God will bring the people, prayer and fasting will sustain them, it take genuine crying and travailing on the prayer alter to maintain and keep the multitude of souls that were drawn to the church through the preaching of the Word of God, in other word, the Word of God will attract and gathered them but only the prayer, continual prayer will keep the people.
1 Timothy 2:8 KJV
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
And Galatians 4:19 KJV
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, the interpretation of the above verse mean it take travailing of the church for Christ to be able to find expression, no prayer no forming of Jesus Christ in the Saints, so the more we give ourselves as individuals and as a church to Praying; the more Jesus is formed in us.
SOUL WINNING VIA OUTREACH AND EVANGELISM
This factor can’t be over emphasize, the primary and the main goal of every Christian is to go out to the world disciple of all nations.
Jesus literally command us to preach the gospel, the number one ministry of the Holy Spirit is to witness Jesus to the unsaved and to make Jesus more real and practical to the saved one.
John 16:8-11 KJV
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on me;  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
So the number one objective of the Holy Spirit is to lead people to Jesus and to keep the one that have already received Jesus to the last day, any church void of the salvation message is a dead church, in fact is a demon church, that’s why after every sermon every Minster of the gospel must make altar call, in case if there is anyone that wants to give his or her life to Christ.
In fact the essence of Christianity is Jesus!
Jesus is the center of it all, the scripture from genesis to Revelation all prophecy about the coming of Jesus so why should any church gather with out preaching Jesus and making of altar calls.
PRAISING AND DANCING
One of the top most priorities of a spiritual leader in the house of God is to lead people in offering Praise and Worship to God, for what He has done, for what is going to do and most especially for who He’s.
According to the psalmist God inhabit the praise of His people.
And according to those verses John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
God seek for worshiper, it’s not interesting that when we pray, we run after God, we seek after God, but when we praise and worship, God looks for us, He seek after us Himself, that’s why as a church and as individuals praising God must not be absent in our hearts, we must continually singing melodies to God in our hearts.
The secret to the Joy of the Lord is hidden in continually praising God, I can’t be praising God and be downcast and depressed because His words say in the presence of God are fullness of Joy and pleasure forever more.
Even the psalmist admonished us in
Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
So you’re not permitted to enter His gates [church] with praise and thanksgiving which makes it a must on us as a believer and as a church as a whole.
Because, God is the Lord of all, and indeed, he’s Worthy to be Praise, so one of the rule of engagement in Zion (Church) is that, we lift up our Voice in Praise and Thanksgiving Giving Glory to God, for who he is, and for the benefits that we have received from him, it is the secret of Increase in whatsoever we do, both as an House and as Individuals, The Bible says;
Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him (
So, there are many things that must be done in God’s Presence, but we just shared few of them, I pray that God’s presence will continually be evident in our churches and services in Jesus name!