Sunday I heard part of a radio sermon in which the preacher was talking about the priorities of the church. His main point was that winning souls to Christ is the priority of the church.

Really? The priority? It’s obviously one of the key priorities. But what do we do once we’ve helped bring someone to Christ?

Think of this. Why do you eat and sleep? Your body has certain needs, doesn’t it? If you don’t take care of those very real needs, you’ll get sick and possibly risk dying.

If a mother cat has a litter of kittens, what would happen if she got up and mated again to have another litter, and another, and so on? What happens to those litters without her nourishment and protective care?

The Scriptures put it so much better than a preacher, even though he presumed to speak from them. If the church isn’t bringing Believers to maturity and caring for them, how can it hope to be instrumental in bringing souls to Christ?

Ephesians 4: 11-16–And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

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