Thursday, July 4, 2013

When The Barnyard Comes To Church


by Bishop James 'I Feel God' Brown, Victory Church, Ft. Worth, TX

Now before anyone gets upset, I need to let you know that I am not calling God's
people
chickens or pigs. But there is a lot of similarity between some chickens, some
pigs, and
some Christians. I will even submit to you that the actions around the barn yard
could be
a reflection of the church life of some Christians. Lets take a look at the
lessons we learn
from barn yard church.

1. Walking through the barn or the barn yard does not make you a chicken, a cow,
or a
pig. Many times we assume that everyone who comes through the church, joins or
gets
baptized is a Christian. Nothing could further from the truth. Every farmer
knows that
he must identify those animals within his barn yard. This is a fundamental truth
of
barnyard doctrine.

2. The farmer feeds "his own" and has no intention of providing for any animal
which is
not his. Feral animals, left in the barnyard, will eat the food away from those
cows,
chickens, and pigs who are rightfully there. When animals who are out of place
eat all the
food, the barnyard animals will not grow as they should. This is true in church
also.
When pastors and leaders are devoted to the goats and not the sheep, the sheep
will go
lacking.

3. There are barn yard folks who only want to be spectators. Around the barn
yard there
are dogs, cats, and birds who belong there, but who will never participate in
production on
the farm. They will stand by and look, but won't give or do anything toward the
objectives of the farm. This happens a lot in churches. Some people come for the
singing,
and some won't come at all. They should be there, but they are not. They too are
spectators.

4. Some of the farm residents never do more than participate. Some chickens will
give the
eggs for breakfast; some cows will give the milk for butter. The same is true at
church.
Some members will give a little money, some will attend on Sundays', and some
will
even join an auxiliary, but most will not go any farther. They will never help
make up
what is truly needed. Being a participant in church does not mean that you are
committed. This truth, leads us to the next item in our rural koinonia, the
issue of
commitment.

5. In order to eat breakfast, someone must meet their destiny with commitment.
Pigs and
the rest of the cows know about commitment. For the farmer to enjoy his
breakfast, these
pigs and cows must give all they have. You see, there will not be bacon or
sausage or
steak for the farmer until a pig or cow gives his or her life. The same is true
in Church.
In order for God's plans to be manifested in any church, there must be someone
willing to
live sacrificially in order to satisfy the needs of the master.

6. Healthy farm animals grow and reproduce. Every farmer knows that if he gives
his
livestock enough food and protects them from the weather, the natural outcome
should be
growth and reproduction. Happy farm animals will produce more healthy farm
animals.
Churches work the same way. Healthy Christians should grow spiritually and
numerically.

7. Sick and hurt barn yard animals will infect others and reduce the production
of the
farm. Farmers limit the exposure that sick animals have to the rest of the
livestock. Left
alone, wounded animals will attack and inflict pain on others as a result to
their pain. A
truism in churches would be that "hurt folks, hurt folks". In other words,
people who are
hurting may hurt others around them as a result of their pain. The farmer's two
step
solution to this also works at church. First, limit the exposure to others who
may be
vulnerable, then apply healing liniment to the injured creature.�

8. You cannot ride on a chicken and you cannot plow with a duck. The old saying
goes
"You can't make a silk purse from a sows ear". This truth is often lost in the
church.
Churches often place members in jobs they should not have for reasons that are
unimportant. Churches must learn to place every member in the right job for that
member.

9. Finally, Every farm survives on God's providence. The one thing that every
farmer
knows is that success or failure does not rest totally in his or her hands. God
working
with him, is one commodity that every farm must have. This is never more evident
than
in the life of a Church. Scripture teaches that "unless the Lord builds the
house, those who
labor - labor in vain". A commitment to God's ways and prayer is required by the
farmer
and the Christian.

Any type of success, be it spiritual, personal, or professional, will require
both
involvement and commitment. However, we can never assume that our projects and
planning will be enough. On the farm or in the church, it always takes God!

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C Copyright 2002 All Rights Reserved James M. Brown
email address: mailto:bishop@ victoryreport. com

Bishop James 'I Feel God' Brown is the founder and Sr. Pastor of Victory
International
Church in Fort Worth, TX. He is in demand locally and nationally as a
revivalist,
conference speaker, and Seminar Leader. To obtain a list of other articles send
an email
to: article_digest@ 1000churches. org or visit 1000Churches. org: Kingdom
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