Updated: Mar 9
What make’s a good church? What makes someone come to a particular church? What does a good church do to make people come back and more importantly help them get healthier and stronger? These are questions I ask myself all the time. It is my “business” to make the church a place for strangers to come to. Not just come, but to stay. Not just stay, but more importantly, start a walk with Jesus.
By the time a new person walks through the entrance of the door, they have already made the first impression. Just by the building, the parking lot, the grass and shrubs, they already “kind of like or dislike the church!” A lot of pressure on the maintenance, huh? Before they sit to listen to the sermon, they have decided in their mind if this is a safe place to be in. They say a friendly church has already made 5 different contacts with the new individual. What does that mean for us? You, the church are the biggest reason for people to come back or not.
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:4,5
I consider giving the sermon a big deal. I am presenting God’s message to the church. There is also an added pressure, that there might be someone who is hearing the gospel for the first time. I want to make sure every sermon has a gospel presentation in some way. I am standing as a voice for God, and I must bring honor to that voice. In the same way, every single person in the church are God’s representative. Your smile, your courtesy, your warmth will and is making a difference every single Sabbath. The Greeting just does not happen in the foyer, but rather it happens throughout the whole service. Everything we do is to represent our God the best way possible, to give Him glory. What we do at church is not something casual, but it is so very important. Lives are at stake, what is our response? The church should be a comfortable place to come to, we have come to rest from the world, but it is also a place people are seeking for God. Every one of us has a part to play to make a church a place that God is glorified, and a place all people feel happy to be in. We are the church. Let the world know we are Christians, how? By our Love. It’s an absolute wonderful place to be when the whole church is focused on others. Let us take every Sabbath as an opportunity to bring honor to God’s name, and possibly share His love to a new friend.
Connected to the vine,
Sermon Title: I'm NOT fine.