Jesus built the true church during His earthly ministry. Did he design a church for others?
Check out part one of this post to be fully oriented on the topic. You’ll find it here.
We made our way to the H of our OTHERS acrostic (as presented by Pastor Travis Lane during the meeting at St. Helens Baptist Church in August 2016).
A review of the entire acrostic:
Last week, we discovered that Jesus Christ did in fact welcome outcasts in the church he instituted. The truth He presented during his sermons and lessons changed lives like nothing else in history ever has.
But what about the rest of this acrostic?
Christ promoted Love and addressed Heart matters
Jesus Christ lived a perfect life. It was a life characterized by loving others and giving of himself.
Many times he rebuked the people who followed him for having a heart that was far from God. During one discussion with the religious crowd, Jesus told them God offered divorce for the sole reason that men had hardened their hearts against God’s perfect law (Mark 10:5).
When asked about the greatest commandment in the law, Jesus replied, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). In fact, he told the self-righteous scribe who questioned him that every law hung upon the ideal of loving God and loving others.
Jesus came to minister to others
“The son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister” (Matthew 20:28). These are Jesus’ own words.
And he lived them out daily. He provided food in the wilderness, healed the sick, cast out demons and cleansed lepers. Only after ministering to the crowds that followed him did he take time for himself. Time he spent praying to His Father.
Jesus also encouraged his disciples to be ministers. “Whosoever shall be great among you, shall be your minister” (Mark 10:43).
To be sure his followers could minister to others, Christ gifted them before he sent them (Matthew 10:5-8). His Spirit does the same for those who follow Him today (Romans 12:1-11).
Jesus applauds sacrificial giving
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Jesus gave it all. What more could he give?
He also commended those who gave from the heart. One day he sat in the temple watching people file through and drop their offerings in the treasury.
Likely the apostles who came from humble backgrounds saw the rich men dropping in gold and felt impressed.
“A certain poor widow cast in … two mites” (Luke 21:2). The value of these coins wouldn’t provide much to anyone. But Jesus told his disciples that the widow had “cast in more than they all” (Luke 21:3) because her offering showed her faith in God.
She gave all she had to God. And He was well-pleased.
Servant of all
Paul encouraged the church at Philippi to have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5) because it would set their thinking straight.
We admire people in high positions. Jesus gave up the highest and most exalted position to come to Earth and serve others.
In fact, Jesus told his disciples that their thinking about what was great and what was least was all messed up. The first would be last, the last first (Mark 9:35).
If they really wanted to hold the chief place in heaven, they would have to learn to be servants on Earth.
“Whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all” (Mark 10:44).
It’s clear that Jesus Christ built a church for others in the six ways this acrostic proclaimed. Furthermore, his entire life and ministry was about others.
He came to die, once for all, so that every human being could escape death.
Are you living out these truths? Is your church designed for others like Jesus’ was?