Why does the church exist? What is its purpose? I believe we can know that fairly easily by Christ commission repeated several times before his ascension. The clearest example, and the most used, comes from (Matthew 28:19-20) “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…” If we have been around the church for a while we get it; our purpose is to bring everyone into a life changing connection with Jesus Christ. That is the mission, but what are the methods. During my first few post I would like to look at some of the methods the church must use today.
A couple of months ago while waiting on my dear wife in Wal-Mart a sign caught my eye. It said, “We’re committed to the communities we serve. We live here, too. And we believe good works.” I had to take a picture of it. That sign resembles what the church should be saying as well.
Wal-Mart’s all across the nation realize that the people who work in their stores live in the communities they sell their goods to. Wal-Mart realizes that if they want the community to shop with them they have to be involved in their neighborhoods, their schools and even their community programs. This has helped to make Wal-Mart one of the largest retailers in the world.
I think Wal-Mart can show us one of our ways to bringing people into a life changing connection with Jesus Christ. The church must get involved in the neighborhoods of our communities, into the schools of our communities, and into the lives of our communities. As we do that, our message will begin to be heard, and lives will begin to be impacted. What do you think? How can we get involved in the communities where we exist?