Every person is born with a God-shaped vacuum that only Jesus can fill. People often pursue pleasures, recognition, partying or the accumulation of riches to try to fill this emptiness in the soul, but they always end up disillusioned and dissatisfied. The vacuum will not be filled if one is not aligned with God’s purposes, which aren’t a secret. Matthew 28:18-19 sums up God’s purpose for the church.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28: 18-20
Based on what Jesus said, we know that we exist as a church to do three things:
- Help people know God
- Help people find life
- Help people make a difference
Help people know God: All of us are called to make the amazing grace of God known. Just as God used someone else to show you the grace of God, you have opportunities to share the story of how God has impacted your life. A simple invitation for a friend to come to church works. We are reaching so many people through our weekend services. We are consumed about God’s presence being rich and real We don’t just think about long-time church-goers on Sunday. We also think about people who never go or rarely go to church. We want your unchurched friends to love Shoreline.
Help people find life: We all have issues. Small groups and life-giving relationships help all of us deal with issues that keep us from the freedom we need to live an abundant life. None of us can recover from issues without relational support. God wants all of us to find life in relationship with other believers who are encouraging, supportive and accountable. Take the first step. Join a small group at Shoreline.
Help people make a difference: You were designed by God to do something significant with your life. You are capable of creating positive change. To support you in your endeavor, the Lord Jesus promised to be with you ALWAYS – yes, YOU. He empowers you! How cool is that?
God is doing incredible things at Shoreline Church, and you are part of it. There is a rising sense of anticipation every week about coming to church. Can you feel it?
In the final week of our prayer initiative, pray that our world would know God, find true life in him and that we each discover how we were created to make a difference.