Spectators in the pews

The time has passed for being a church spectator. It is time for each and every Christian to take up a personal ministry. Have you noticed how much our world needs a Christian influence? I think it is because we Christians have been sitting in our pews way to long. Dear Christian, get up and share your faith! Tell others about Jesus Christ. Reach out to those who need a helping hand. Show love and compassion to everyone who crosses your path. There are only so many pastors to go around. But when the masses in the pew join in the work, as they are commanded to do, the army of God gets pretty large.

Someone once compared church to a football game by describing it as "11 men down on the field, desperately in need of rest, and 40,000 people up in the grandstand desperately in need of exercise!"

Rev. Nathan Dick is pastor of Panton Community Baptist Church. He lives in Addison County with his wife Stephanie and three children. He is a graduate of Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Mo., where he majored in pastoral studies and advanced biblical studies. He and Stephanie serve with Village Missions, a Christian ministry that places full-time pastors in rural churches.

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