I have been so blessed to be a part of a lot of congregations over the years. It has been fantastic to see God working through fallen people who have placed their hope in the confidence that Jesus provides. This multitude people that come to mind have dedicated their time, resources, families to the Community that God chose to work through. God has done amazing things through the Church of Christ, despite the fact that it is filled with broken people.
But that is just it.
God uses broken people and I am so glad He does. Jesus said he came to call on the sinners, those who are sick, not those who already claim they have righteousness outside of Him (Mk. 2:16). Jesus calls on the sick and sinful as the Great Physician. Our sin can get in the way in God’s community sometimes. History shows it. God’s Holy and inerrant Word shows it. Our sin and other people’s sin is still no reason to abandon God’s ordained method of reaching people and fellowship with other believers.
God’s Church and remaining in this Community will always outweigh the meager majesty that seclusion or the World can provide. I am so glad to be a part of a congregation that deeply cares for its people in weekly community. We offer multiple ways to get involved throughout the week as well. We have an amazing, godly focus for our worship services on Sunday: “Welcoming, Worship and the Word (as our senior pastor has coined it).” I want every genuine Christian Church to be welcoming to the community, full of worship to Jesus, and devoted to God’s Word. I am so glad that we are enjoying the fruits of the “3 W’s” in our local congregation and my passion for this congregation and our surrounding community is filling to the brim because of what God is doing in our community.
It is my hope that, if you are reading this, you will join with the many other believers of Jesus and be a part of a congregation that is welcoming to Christians. Sin can and will harm relationships, but Christians are gifted with the power of forgiveness through the power Christ gave us when He forgives us (Matt. 18:21-22; Eph. 4:32). Healing from the tainted presence of sin will come when you confess your sins and pray for one another (Jm. 5:16). The answer is never to abandon the Body of Christ in the form God created it. Allow your sin and the sin of others to draw you closer to God and the Body of Christ through the power of forgiveness, prayer, reconciliation and growth.
“All this is from God,
who through Christ reconciled us to himself
and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:18
It is my hope that, if you are reading this, you will join with the many other believers of Jesus that is worshipping the One True God. No matter your personal style of music, worship God with your Brothers and Sisters weekly. Worship is an amazing encouragement to the Body of Christ as we sing our praises to an infinite and Holy God. God has made himself known to us, drawing Himself close to us, and dwells with us even though we do not deserve it. Worship isn’t about us or our preferred style of music, but about God and the corporate enjoyment of Him as our Savior and Lord.
“Come, let us Worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our maker!”
It is my hope that, if you are reading this, you will join with the many other believers of Jesus that are preaching the Word of God faithfully each week. From one pastor to another, styles of speaking can vary. We all sound different, speak different, and have a different presentations. No matter what, a Christian should seek a church that preaches out of God’s Word. It is, “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12).” God’s Word is, “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).” Join us in preaching God’s Word and enjoying its benefits in a local congregation where you are!
“Sanctify them in the truth;
Your Word is Truth.”
If you are out there in the world or in seclusion, join us and many other churches in partaking in the Body of Christ. We need you and your gifts, no matter what congregation you go to. God made you to partake in community. Join one that is welcoming, worships God, and preaches the Word of God. We love you Brothers and Sisters! Join imperfect people who worship and enjoy the perfect God.
For the Glory of God,