Dear Church Family,
I am looking so forward to the next few Sunday Night and Sunday Morning Worship services. God seems to me beginning a move in our midst which I hope we allow Him to continue. I am so excited about the messages God has laid on my heart for the next few weeks relating to His desire to bring revitalization to our church and how He desires to use us in His mission to this world, our world, our community. God want to do some Extra-Ordinary or Extraordinary things to turn our world upside down. But He uses Ordinary Christians to do His remarkable work. If you and I just lived the ordinary Christian Life we would be Extraordinary in our world.
I started sharing some insights into this last Sunday night as we focused on How God wants to make us a people, a church who care. The most vulnerable people are those with no one to love or care for them. Kids without parents and women mourning loss are among the most at-risk people in our world today. They often suffer from poverty, sickness, and even abuse. It’s those very people whom Scripture commands we reach out to. James wasn’t offering his audience something new as a matter of their worship practice. He’s reminding them of something very old, the heart of God as described by God’s Word.
12 I delivered the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him. 13 The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. 14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. 15 I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. 16 I was a father to the needy, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know. JOB 29:12-16, ESV
Job refers to justice as a robe and turban that he puts on. Job is saying that he wears justice. He puts it on everyday. He lives with a social consciousness. The vulnerable are always on his mind and in his heart. His lifestyle reflects the character of God. Plainly put, it was obvious and easy to spot the kind of man Job was.
Spiritual maturity isn’t just something you do with your mind. It’s about how you live your life. One of the saddest indications of failure in the area of justice and mercy is our description of those who excel in doing justice. We describe them as radical, extraordinary. Yet as we read the Bible together, we find that it treats issues of mercy and justice as anything but extraordinary. Frankly, doing justice is just a normal part of the Christian life. It’s really easy to become part of a super-Christian subculture, comfortably embracing sensationalism. You can listen to Christian music, keep up with the latest Christian podcasts, and read Christian authors. You can engage in multiple Bible studies and serve on ministry teams, all the while never actually touching one of Scripture’s defining characteristics of God-honoring faith: justice.
Throughout history, the church has added value to the world. Most hospitals exist because of the church’s influence.
Many prestigious universities started as training grounds for people preparing for ministry. Till recently, science was dominated by people with a Christian worldview.
We need to ask ourselves, How valuable is your Church right now? How excited are you about your churches involvement in reaching our community? How many times have invited a friend, co-worker or family member to attend worship with you?
How many times have your friends told you about a great restaurant or sale? We should see just as much value in our church.
Let’s begin today to stop waiting on someone Extraordinary to do what God has called us to do as an Ordinary part of life. Let’s begin to talk about our church as a place where lives are being touched and changed; Youth are getting involved, People have been saved. Let’s do all we can to make our church a desirable destination. Lets let everyone who attends our church know that they are valued. How can we effectively minister to people we don’t value. Do we want guest and visitors to really become part of us? Then we must open up, show them how valuable they are and let them into our little circles.
Let’s begin to meet people where they are. If we want to see real growth in our church, we need to begin to cultivate an environment of growth in our congregation. This year, try offering life-changing Bible Studies and Sermon series aimed at:
- Improving marriages
- Creating stronger families
- Developing stronger character in children and young adults
- Overcoming past hurts
- Overcoming addictions
- Answering life’s tough questions
Just as our predecessors added value to the world with schools, hospitals and scientific discoveries, we can impact our culture and add value to our communities through the ministries of our church.
With Many Prayers and Christian Love,