I have had some thoughts today about what the church should be. It was sparked by some friends saying of other members of their church that they just want it to be a safe and comfortable place for their children and now their grandchildren.
The church is meant to be a place of equipping, training and maturing so that those who are christians are able to go out and share the Good News of Jesus with their neighbours. Church, in that sense, isn’t only a place to be comfortable. Sometimes we need to offer healing and emotional care, but that is a part of a much larger process of equipping people to know the love of God in order to share that love with others.
This afternoon I saw a police car, two ambulances, a fire truck and the Volunteer Rescue Association truck all flying out of town with sirens blaring. Clearly some kind of terrible incident has occurred that has summoned these people out of the comfort of their buildings at the peak of a hot and dry day.
They would be no use to anyone if these people stayed in their facilities, training and practising for an incident but never attended the real accidents taking place around them.
Imagine a hospital operating at peak efficiency but never admitting patients.
The church can be like this- is often like this. We choose a congregation on the basis of the nice preaching, the children’s ministry, the music. We listen to endless exhortations on sharing our faith, attend workshops on healing or supernatural ministry. But we never put those things into practice in our daily life.
It’s not the beauty of our worship services or the authenticity of our cell groups that matters.
It’s about taking the Christ we worship on Sunday and letting Him into our lives on Monday to allow Him to heal and redeem the broken people in our neighbourhood.
Here is a question for you (well, two questions really). What was last Sunday’s sermon about? What are you going to do this week to put it into practice?
If we just did that each week the world would be a much better place for having experienced God’s people doing God’s work in the power of God’s Spirit.