For last week’s church service, Jared asked me to draw up an ‘introduction’, which I would share with everyone before we started worship. This is what I ended up writing.
We had spoken briefly during the week where Jared pitched the idea, and why he thought I would do well with something like this. He gave me a lot of freedom with it- while I knew what he would speak on later, and he did share some thoughts on what COULD be in it, there was no specific directive.
He said I should speak from my heart, from what I believe. This was what I presented.
Why are we here?
For a lot of us that’s not a simple question. It’s very deep, and can be broken down into a lot of different aspects. For example: Why are we here in this church? Why are we here, on this planet? Why are we here, at a particular point in our lives, doing what we do?
The ‘how’ and ‘why’ of things fascinates me. Everyone has a story, and everything that happens has a purpose. This question of “why we’re here” is
something I think about a lot, whether it’s spiritually, professionally, or personally. I don’t know what the answers are. But I’m trying to find them.
Pastor Jared is going to talk about the missional church tonight, and that’s something we’re going to carry throughout the month in each gathering. To me, the idea of missional church has so much to do with “why we’re here”.
Matthew 28:19 is one of the more famous verses in the Bible that speaks to this purpose: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” We’re meant to reach people, and show them the wonderful thing that a relationship with God can be.
Anyone remember Ronnie, from last week? The guy who’d been to 8 churches in 10 years? He had an important lesson for us. Church isn’t just about singing, listening, praying, and giving money between 6 and 7:15 every Saturday night. It isn’t just this building with the four walls and movable pulpit and the fancy baptismal and occasionally-bendy-if-generously-donated pool table down in the basement. We are the church. You, and I, and everyone who believes and follows God. Our mission is to be Jesus to everyone around us, at work and school and home and at play. To show them God’s love and what it can be for them.
So, knowing this, I think about it again… why ARE we here?