Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Of First Importance
The real estate business is fairly simple, isn’t it? Location…location…location. Of course, if you have been out house shopping you know there’s a lot more to it. There is also price, size, floor plan and finishes like flooring, cabinetry and paint colors.
Because of this, homebuyers must create their own personal priority lists.
Sometimes people shop for churches in a similar way. They look for location and a whole lot more. They care about denominational affiliation, worship styles, youth programs, worship times and even the pastor’s personality.
The apostle Paul was in the church building business and he offers exceptional advice to church shoppers today: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance.
The Bible and the churches that proclaim the Bible have so much to offer to people today, but as Paul notes some things are more important than others.
For Paul it is not location, location, location, but Christ, Christ, Christ. Of first, and foremost importance is Christ who lived a perfect life in our place, who died a sacrificial death for the sins of the world and who was raised on the third day, as promised, to declare forgiveness of sins to the world.
If you are church shopping, look for Christ…Christ…Christ… Look for the clear message of Jesus, the perfect Son of God; Jesus, the perfect sacrifice for sin; Jesus, the perfect living Lord of all. By this gospel you are saved… When you find that church—buy in 100%—and take your stand.
Dear Lord Jesus, lead me to a church that clearly proclaims you as the Christ, the Son of the Living God and if I am already there lead me to hold firmly to the Word that is preached to me. Amen.
Source: WELS Devotions