Sometimes we start to believe that other churches are our competition. We drive by one on our way to worship on Sunday and see a packed parking lot and get jealous or we hear about a church that had a big event and feel envy. We maybe try to sell our church and get people to leave theirs in order to try and grow ours.
And while it's good to like your church...we must avoid the trap of fighting the wrong enemy. If we spend any of our time or energy working against other churches...we have wasted our time and energy. They are not our competition, they are our brothers and sisters in Christ. We don't compete with them, we work with them.
And yes, they might believe slightly different things than us about sacraments or theology; but odds are that we agree with them on 98% of stuff; and the 2% probably didn't matter much anyway. Basically, if they seek to follow Jesus and believe in the truth of the Bible, then they are on Team Jesus just like we are.
In Matthew 10:32 Jesus said “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven." We spend too much time worrying about who is in and who is out. Jesus seemed to welcome all if they claim Him. Who are we to disagree?
So next time you drive by another church with a packed parking lot...say a prayer of thanks that the Kingdom is growing. Or if you hear about a big VBS or Youth Event or Outreach...praise God for the work he is doing at that church.
God is on the move all around us and Team Jesus is much bigger than just our church or denomination...praise God!!