Chances are good if you are on this page that you’re wondering what the point of Church is. Let’s start off by talking about what Church is not. Charles Spurgeon, a pastor in England in the 1800’s once said, “Not for yourself, O Church, do you exist, any more than Christ existed for himself.” See, a Church is not about meeting together and focusing on itself. A church is not meant to be “holier than you” or to be a place where people feel uncomfortable.
So what is “Church” all about? Church is all about Jesus! We only have Church because we have Jesus! So who is Jesus and why does he matter? Jesus is the Son of God, who came to earth for a specific reason. Let’s back up for a second. As Christians, we believe that God created the Heavens and the Earth. We believe that God made each and every human Imago Dei, or in HIS image. We believe that God is perfect in every way! However, we read in the Bible that man has sinned, or done wrong in God’s eyes. There is a punishment to this rebellion; death. Throughout the Old Testament, we read about the Israelites and how they offer animal sacrifices as a symbol of their guilt. Those sacrifices can’t save them though. Only one thing can; a human who lives a perfect life and dies for the sins of every other human!
That’s where Jesus comes in. Jesus did that! He came to earth, lived a perfect life, died for our sins, and then rose from the dead! Because of what Jesus did, we can be saved from our sins. We are saved by repenting of our sin, which involves turning from it, and then believing in what Jesus has done for us! 40 days after He rose from the dead, Jesus returned to heaven. When He left, He left behind his followers; better known as the Church.
So what is the Church? Why does it matter? Well, the local Church, is where we go to learn more about Jesus and to encourage one another! It’s like a big family. We love each other and help each other throughout life. So, why don’t you come join us on a Sunday?