A New Vision

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Prov. 29:18 KJV)

Many of you are like me and have given the majority of your life to the church. I was saved at the age of seven and over the years there has been both ups and downs, but I wouldn’t want to trade my experiences for anything. The church is based on the reality that we are the body of Christ – living, breathing, and doing what His work is.


Take time to examine your life in Christ in direct correlation to your involvement in the body (church). In order for Portland General Baptist or any church to be a successfully moving church through positive actions and attitude, we need to be sure of a few things.

The Right View of God’s Church

No matter how messed up the church universal or even our local church, we have to believe in it. Here is the right view – the church is the hope of the world – when it’s working right. We are the hope for your children, grandchildren, etc. In Jesus’ words, we are “the light of the world.” In getting the view right, we need to understand that the church isn’t a building. The church is the people of God.

The Right View of Self

You and I are saved by grace through faith, and this is not of ourselves; it is God. And every converted sinner is a saved sinner; delivered from sin and wrath. Thus, since we are all members of God’s family, we are not perfect (there will be faults & sins) but we have a perfect God who has forgiven us by His marvelous grace.

The Right View of Worship

Worship is giving God His Worth-ship. We primarily think of worship in a public setting through the local church. Do we give our all to him in worth-ship whether we are in the local assembly of believers, on our jobs, in our classrooms, neighborhoods or any public or private setting? Think about that.</p.

Bro. Larry