Ah, church. It’s such a short and seemingly simple little word and yet could more meaning be packed into it? Church is one of those words that are the cause for a lot of thoughts, opinions, ideas, critiques, and many a preconceived notion. What comes to your mind when you hear the word “church?” The variety of connotations that surround this word are amazing and some are even a bit humorous. Just take it from a few of these examples:
Now, these somewhat innocent little jokes just give us a glimpse of the greater picture. People have a lot to say when it comes to church. What is it? Who is it for? What does it do? What should its purpose be? All of these questions are very relevant for our time today just as they were when the church was initially established in the book of Acts. God’s design and plan for His church has been consistent since this first call. The church is to be His hands and feet, continuing on in His ministry in and to the world. The church is to encourage and grow the believer in faith, make disciples, help those in need, and be a place of fellowship and community, among many other things.
How are we doing as the church? In the centuries and generations that have passed since its inception, how have those components of the church been carried out and carried on? It is a refreshing reminder to us that, even though the church is made up of sinful and imperfect people who can very easily make mistakes and mess things up, we serve a God who is perfect. As Head Pastor over His church, He makes up for where we fall short, His Word marches on when ours don’t quite cut it, His purposes, plans, and intent never fail. What a blessing that is as members of His church!
We can each be reassured that God’s purposes and plans for His church include you and me. It’s an honor to be a part of and yet God’s desire is that His church not be seen as a social club with exclusive membership, but a place for the broken, the spiritually hungry, people like you and me who need His mercy, grace, and forgiveness each day. We can be thankful for “church” as God intended it to be because through it, He desires to teach us, help us, and equip us as His children.
Pastor Ben Bigaouette