Growing Worshiping Disciples on Mission for Christ

No Bones About It



The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of this valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “O Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” So I prophesied as He commanded me and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. Ezekiel 37:1–3,10, NIV

Do you have the courage to see what is really happening in our churches? Will you ask God to open your eyes and see the truth?  Join the growing number of voices crying out to stop THE CHURCH TRAIN before we go over the cliff.  It’s time to see God’s hand bringing new life to the old bones of church as an institution and re-form us as his living, moving, loving, serving Body of Christ.

That’s not easy. The process is not for the faint-hearted or weak. You will have to confront your own shortcomings and misguided mindsets in the same way that I have had to confront my own. We are people who truly love our churches; and our love reflects God’s love for his church. So I ask you right now for the privilege of leading you on this journey of confronting the old ways of thinking that have led us to decline. I beg your permission to let me guide you lovingly and carefully in the thought process through which God has led me. Will you allow me to speak heart to heart with you from God’s Holy Word?

Let’s ask God to guide us in this journey to rediscover his blueprint for the church. Come alive, dry bones, and go forth as a mighty army—the people of God!  MP

P.S. Leave a comment.  Join the Full Circle discussion and find your prophetic voice.



Author: Mark Powers

Worship Pastor, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Columbia SC - April 1, 2018 to present Former Director, Worship and Music, South Carolina Baptist Convention, Columbia SC: 2008 - 2018 Author - "GOING FULL CIRCLE: Worship that Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions" - www.GoingFullCircle.org (Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock, Eugene OR, 2013) President, www.WorshipWise.com - Empowering YOU for Powerful Worship Leading! Presenter/Speaker on the MusicArts Mission Movement (M3). To contact MP about presenting or speaking for your conference or training event, e-mail mark@riverlandhills.org or call 803-640-9037. I would love to come and share how your worship ministries can join God on mission in your community!

4 thoughts on “No Bones About It

  1. Keep following God, Dawn. God is going to continue to use you for His Kingdom!

  2. So many people are discouraged to see their church and they ask about their church, “Can these bones live?” but we fail to remember the part that Ezekiel says: “Sovereign Lord, only You know.”

    Sovereign Lord DOES know. And He knows how.

    We keep on using our words to say “Oh, me! Oh, me! This isn’t working!”
    But shouldn’t we say “Oh, Lord! Oh, Lord! This isn’t working!”

    • Yes, you are right David. God knows how these bones can live. So we must ask HIM and not rely on our own devices. BUT once we ask Him, He might surprise us with a new way of bringing the bones to life that we never considered. So we have to be open to His answer even if it is completely new to us. Keep going full circle!

  3. Confronting my own shortcomings during this process was difficult but fulfilling. Thank you for those thoughts and reminding us involvement in church is not an indication of a relationship with Christ fully devoted to His work in our hearts. Thanks!

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