Elmcrest Baptist Church takes its inspiration from John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
In some cases, religions and denominations become so legalistic that they lose sight of the truth. That is what is recorded in the New Testament Gospel of John. When a question arose about purification, John the Baptist was told by his disciples that Jesus and His disciples were baptizing more than John. John helped them to understand the good news of God’s forgiveness and salvation is not a competition. In fact, John likened himself to the best man at a wedding, who rejoices in the bridegroom.
John told his disciples that Jesus must increase and he must decrease. That is, John rejoiced in being a servant of Jesus and wanted the world to come to know Jesus.
We must be on guard against those who claim to be preaching the truth, all the while attempting to make a name for themselves or their congregations. Inviting people to “come hear our preacher,” or “listen to our choir,” or meet our youth minister,” is the opposite of what John taught his disciples. Building a congregation is not the same as building the church.
Jesus must be the focus – He must increase and we must decrease. Christianity is a relationship rather than a religion. While religions involve mankind attempting to get to God, Christianity is God reaching down to man through the person of Jesus Christ.
Christians must be careful to avoid the perception of competition between one another and instead insist on making the Name of Jesus famous. When He increases He draws people to Himself. Christians must be careful to avoid the perception of competition between one another and instead insist on making the Name of Jesus famous. When He increases He draws people to Himself.