Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands, robed in the flowers of blooming spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer; He makes our sorrowing spirit sing. "Beautiful Savior" author unknown
We live in a world where more and more people are wondering, “Why Church?” In a post-Christian society many people don’t think there is any use for God and his Church anymore. “We don’t need the Church for truth. We don’t need the Church for morality. We don’t need the Church for comfort and happiness,” they say, “because we can find all of those things elsewhere in our own way.” As you consider the world around us, how are people doing at achieving their post-Christian goals? Are people finding a truth that satisfies, are they more moral, truly happier? Or does it seem like there is more confusion, more hate, more fear, more despair than ever before?
In the 1st century Jesus Christ called his followers, the Church, a “city on a hill” and “the light of the world.” In the 21st century the world more than ever needs Jesus’ followers to be just that – a beacon of hope, a place to belong, a light in the darkness. All around us family and friends, coworkers and neighbors are desperately searching for a refuge in the wilderness, an anchor in the storm, a true purpose. It’s time to show them the place to find all of that is the Church. We do that by being the Church…the Church that Jesus has called us to be in him. Church is a fortress. Church is a family. Church provides us with a function. It’s time to show the world why the Church is still Christ’s body and God’s way of carrying out his saving purposes in the world.
A FORTRESS THAT STANDS FOREVER – Jesus himself told the story. It was about two builders – one wise, the other foolish. The wise man built his home on rock. The foolish man built upon sand. Rains came. Winds blew. While the home of the wise man weathered the storm, the home of the foolish man came down with a crash. The point of Jesus’ story is simple. We need to build our faith…we need to build our lives on something solid if we are going to weather the storms of life…if we are going to remain safe from every enemy that threatens. Jesus has built his Church on the rock that cannot move – himself and his gospel. Nothing can keep our Redeemer from upholding his promised salvation. Nothing will keep our God from preserving his Church. The Church is more than a house. The Church is a fortress that stands forever.
A FAMILY WHERE WE ARE OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER – You’ve probably heard the saying, “Blood is thicker than water.” It means that family relationships are stronger, are more important than friendship. Maybe that proverb has proven true in your life, maybe it hasn’t. But there is a family relationship ordained by God, sealed in blood that God himself has designed to provide us with the love, compassion, service and support that is sometimes lacking in our earthly families. In his word, God tells us that the Church is a family redeemed by the blood of their brother, Jesus Christ. That makes believers brothers and sisters in Christ. As brothers and sisters we are called to take care of each other, to spur one another on towards love and good deeds, to admonish one another, to encourage and comfort one another. The Church is a family where we are our brother’s keeper.
A FUNCTION THAT EXTENDS INTO ETERNITY – In the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon looks back on his life and reviews his accomplishments. He had expanded the borders of his kingdom to their greatest extremity. He had amassed great wealth. He had constructed monumental buildings. He had obtained vast scientific knowledge, so much that people came from all over the world to hear him speak. Yet, how did Solomon feel about all these earthly achievements? That could be summed up by one word: Meaningless! None of those accomplishments would stand the test of time. They would all “return to dust.” But there is a purpose…there is a function in life that has eternal ramifications. There are accomplishments achieved on earth that last forever. They’re found in the mission that Christ gave to his whole Church (to all believers): to seek the lost – all of them – with the gospel, that they might be found for all eternity. The Church provides a function that extends into eternity.
At 720 Old Trolley Road in Summerville worship is at 10:30 am with Sunday School and Bible Class at 9:15 am.
At 134 Foxbank Plantation Drive in Moncks Corner worship is at 10:30 am with Sunday School and Bible Class at 9:15 am.