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Church Refining

What is Refining?

“In the various Bible references the refining of precious metals is used figuratively to illustrate the kind of trial God's children are called upon to go through. If they are of the right metal the dross will finally be blown away, leaving pure, clear, shining silver. If of base metal they will be like the dross described in Jeremiah 6:29,30. The refiner may blow fiercely, but in vain, for nothing but lead dross appears.”  James A. Patch


What is Church Refining?

The local church is much like a family in many of it’s interactions. When challenges happen to a member - it will have an impact on the whole. Paul, speaking about the body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:26 “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” We have probably discovered this principle in our families but when it comes to our churches we seem to think that if we ignore it - the problem will go away. Sadly they don’t and our media is full of stories about problems in churches that never did go away.   So what’s the solution? Refining.   The word refining means: 1) remove impurities or unwanted elements from (a substance), typically as part of an industrial process. 2) improve (something) by making small changes, in particular make (an idea, theory, or method) more subtle and accurate. Both means are used by God to help His people grow in character. That is the goal of Church, to help churches make improvements. Either by removing impurities through a corporate process of prayer and seeking Our Fathers insight, and by reflecting on what God has already done in the past.