The church is central to God’s plan on the earth.
At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence. Ephesians 1:23 MSG
Why is the church so important?
It’s where people get refreshed and renewed in the presence of God. Something special happens when we gather together in his name. God’s presence renews and refreshes. The inconsolable longing of our soul is satisfied.
It’s where we are challenged and inspired by the word of God. Our culture is filled with shifting standards and new philosophies, but in the Bible we have the timeless truth of God’s word. The Bible trains, shapes, convicts, refines, inspires, challenges and motivates us.
It’s where we experience community. We were never intended to live this Christian life alone. We are part of God’s family and we do life together. We love one another, pray for one another, comfort each other, forgive each other, bear each other’s burdens and challenge each other. We need each other.
It’s where we experience the grace of God’s divine intervention. Life has challenges. Not every day is a bad day, but difficulty visits the life of every person. When we gather together we pray and invite God’s power to either calm the storm or calm us in the middle of the storm. God answers! He brings healing, restoration, deliverance and breakthrough.
It’s where we find significance in serving his kingdom. The church offers a chance to live for something bigger than yourself. Together we can make a difference. Together we can change the world.
As we celebrate all that God has done in 30 years, we anticipate tall that he will do in the future. We are enjoying the harvest of seeds that were sown years ago and we will continue to plant seeds and expect a harvest 30 years from now.