“It’s nice to have you at our church today.”
We say it all the time. But the only way this church is ours is that we belong to it.
In fact, it is the Lord’s church. Jesus Christ bought and paid for it with his precious blood. How often do we remember this fact?
During the revival in August, Bro. Travis Lane of Astatula Baptist Church preached a series on building a church for others. This is the acrostic he used:
Outcasts are welcome
Truth is changing lives
Hearts are growing deeper in their love for Christ
Every member is a minister
Reaches out through sacrificial giving
Spirit of servanthood abounds
The question that comes to my mind: Did Jesus build HIS church this way?
After all, we are carrying out His commission. Whatever example he set when He originally instituted the New Testament church should still work.
“I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’ (Matthew 16:18) is the promise we cling to when numbers fluctuate and personalities cause splits.
Did Jesus follow this acrostic when He built the first church from the ground up? (And if He did then He didn’t. Rather this acrostic follows Jesus’ blueprint.)
Welcome the outcasts of society
Jesus did. In Mark 1:40-45, we see him touching the most untouchable person in the society of his day: a leper. We are called to follow his footsteps and love those our society deems unlovable.
Take a close look at the men Jesus called as apostles. Four of them were fishermen-not well-respected in the society of their day. One of them was a hated publican. One of them was a political revolutionary.
Outcasts for sure.
Jesus built his church with and for outcasts.
Presents Life-changing Truth
“What is truth?” (John 18:38) Pilate wanted to know.
Jesus lived out the truth. Truth is God’s perfect plan for buying back the crown of his creation: humankind.
Jesus said God’s Word is truth (John 17:17) and that knowledge of the truth would make a person free (John 8:32).
The life of Jesus Christ changed the world like nothing before or since. His teachings revolutionized the religious world and some 2,000 years later, they are still changing lives.
It’s pretty obvious that the truth of Jesus was foundational in the church He built.
Next week, we’ll discuss the other four signs that a church is being built for others.
Is the church you attend a church for others? Or is it all about the current members?