WHAT COULD OUR CHURCH BE LIKE?
We weren’t meant to accomplish the mission of our lives alone.
God designed us to be a part of a church – to link arms with people who are walking in the same direction as we are, to join up with those pursuing the same goals.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 4 that, “…we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” (vs. 15-16)
That is, as each of us shares our spiritual gifts, talents, abilities, resources, and energy with the church family, we not only reach our own potential, but we help others reach theirs. We can accomplish more for Christ together than we ever could separately.
Three Points of Vision
Three concepts appear at the end of this text which offer a clear vision of what we can be striving for as a church family. When the whole church is pursuing God’s purposes, when each person is contributing the best they have, doing “their own special work,” then our church can be:
HEALTHY: Our spiritual life in Christ can be filled with vitality and joy, each of us having a strong relationship with God, a sense of holiness and purpose about us. Being healthy also means that our interpersonal relationships are right – that we can be humble, gentle, patient, and truly caring for one another’s needs.
GROWING: Our condition need not be static or stagnant, instead, we can always be spiritually growing, growing in impact, in vision, in passion, in depth, in wisdom, in outreach, etc. Instead of focusing on our own needs, and on self-preservation, we can look out with bold faith, toward those who still need Christ, toward those who have not yet been reached. We can grow in our capacity to accomplish the mission!
FULL OF LOVE: Our activities and attitudes can be defined by love, rather than the more typical human value, selfishness. Our worship services can be full of love for God; our service ministries, full of love for people; our fellowship times, full of love for one another. Throughout every aspect of personal or church life, we can strive to love one more, just like Jesus loves us.
Would you like to be a part of a church that is “healthy, growing, and full of love”?
My hunch is that many of us are already attending BCBC because we sense these three dynamics at work. But perhaps we could pray for even more of this in the future - that in every way, BCBC could be an ideal place for anyone seeking to walk closely with God and accomplish His mission for life.
I, for one, am glad that we don’t have to jump into all of this alone. Our church is a family, a body, a team.
Interim Teaching Pastor