Rethinking The Church
It’s time to rethink the mission of the local church. It’s more than attending a service. It’s more than giving in the offering. It’s about connecting with a community to pursue a common goal—Jesus. The church, as a whole, is meant to care for each other, grow together, and reach the world together.
Our world like to tell us that you are all that matters. Be yourself, do your own thing, and do what makes you happy. For followers of Jesus, we're called to be part of something bigger. When we're brought into a relationship with Jesus, we're brought into a relationship with His people - the church. We don't exist as Christians by ourselves but in community with fellow followers.
In Romans, the Apostle Paul uses some challenging language to talk about the church when he refers to us as "slaves." While the slavery that Paul refers to isn't the same as what happened in America's past, it does give us a picture of what it means to follow Jesus and just how much being a disciple of Jesus changes us.
People have a lot of ideas about what the church is and isn't supposed to be. In the book of Hosea, God paints a picture of the church with Hosea's life that's kind of outrageous and unbelievable: the picture of the church as an unfaithful spouse. What's amazing about Hosea's story is not only that it reveals the bare truth of our hearts, but that it also reveals God's amazing and unending love for us!