A HEALTHY CHURCH THINKS SHARPLY
A church that eats well, exercises regularly and breathes deeply will have a clear mind. Whereas an unhealthy mind is idle, selfish and ignorant of Jesus (Colossians 2:18), a healthy mind of a church is sharp, alert and knows God well (Jeremiah 32:33). Believers in healthy churches tend, therefore, to engage the world from God’s point of view; not God from the world’s point of view (2 Corinthians 5:16-17). In fact, those who are untransformed by God have their minds on earthly things and as a result are labeled enemies of God. The mind of the healthy church, in contrast, is eagerly focused on Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:19-20). Followers of God fix their minds on the greatest command given to his church: to love God with all of our heart and soul and strength (Deuteronomy 11:18). God’s commands are placed in the minds of God’s people (Hebrews 8:10). The community of a local church is being transformed by God to discern and act upon God’s desires (Romans 12:2). A healthy church consists of followers who are learning to think like Jesus (Philippians 2:1-11). Jesus followers are on a mission that intentionally emulates the mind of God (Colossians 3:2, Philippians 4:8). If God wills it, the healthy church does it. As Jesus commands, so the healthy church obeys (Matthew 28:19-20).
This is the fifth part of a series of posts exploring the essential elements that must exist in order for a church to be considered healthy. This material stems from an assignment I completed for my most recent course at ACTS: "Developing a Healthy Church."