Someone once said, “There are two things you cannot do alone; one is to be married, and the other is to be a Christian.”
When “all authority” was given to Jesus in Matthew 28:16-20, He had the power and permission from God to do with that authority whatever it is He wanted to do with it. And Jesus chose to launch the church. He empowered people. He commissioned human beings.
Jesus did what our God has done since the very beginning. In Genesis 1-2, God delegated and gave responsibility to humans, and even after the Fall in Genesis 3, God refused to give up on this working relationship.
The church is God’s idea, and God doesn’t have bad ideas.
Even through seasons when the church gets distracted, off course, and causes profound damage to the reputation of Jesus’ name, the church remains God’s primary way to extend salvation, transformation, and restoration to a world He still desperately loves.
I’ve been eager to do this series for about a year now. I feel it is extremely important for the church to understand our calling, our mission, our purpose, and our task. The church is a group of people that gather, but we do much more than gather. When we are at our best, we realize that being the church is an identity we embrace and live into.
For the next 10 weeks we are diving into a study called Why Church? The Bible is full of images, metaphors, and teachings about the church. We are going to peel back these layers, dive in with both feet, and believe that there is nothing that God cannot redeem for His purposes and glory.
This series is for those who love church and those who don’t. It is for those who are Christians today because the way the church has loved them, and for those who have almost given up on God because ofthe hurt and betrayal caused by the church. This series is for the hopeful and for the hope-less.
As a group of people who meet at Sycamore View, may God use the next few weeks to rekindle our hearts for His work in the world.
— Josh Ross (Preaching Minister)
Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015
by Justin Ardrey