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All The Church Has Is Jesus (3 of 4)
Series: Building On Christ
In a large city there was once a prominent church building. It was a beautiful four story structure that dominated the city block on which it stood. It was well known in the community for its beautiful building, it's dignified and well educated preacher, a choir with professional quality, and a congregation of filled with wealthy and important people.
And in the foyer of their church building there was a beautiful 10 foot tall marble statue of Christ with his arms outstretched.
It was an impressive congregation, but unfortunately, it was also a congregation that was slowly dying. Why? Because they didn't try to bring people to Jesus. They thought people would come to them because they'd be impressed with their building, their preacher, their choir and membership.
One night a fire broke out, and the building went up in flames. The floor under the statue of Christ gave way and the statue crashed into the basement of the church building.
The next afternoon, after the fire department had doused the flames workmen started to clean up and remove any surviving valuables. It was then, that they found the statue of Jesus in the basement. It had hardly a mark on it. Gently they got a cable around it, lifted it out with a crane and set it on the sidewalk.
Two businessmen were passing by and they looked at the ruins of the church and at the statue of Christ. One said, "Well, looks like Jesus is all they've got left." Dave McFadden
I'm reminded of the comment Paul made about the Church being built on the foundation of Jesus Christ: "If anyone builds on this foundation (Jesus) with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is." I Corinthians 3:12-13
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