Why do we do what we do? What’s the whole point of why we exist as a church? This past summer the leadership at Grace sat down and laid down a succinct statement of why we exist.
TO MOVE PEOPLE TOWARD JESUS AND EACH OTHER.
It’s a simple statement yet it clearly defines our purpose as a church. We wanted our mission to reflect a constant movement toward Jesus and toward other people in community. So often the local church sets its bar too low. We aim to “introduce” people to Jesus or to help people “meet Jesus” but when we really look at what God calls us to and what following Jesus really means, it’s a life-long journey.
MOVE TOWARD JESUS
Jesus said that the most important commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. (Matthew 22:36-40, Luke 10:27) In the original text, the Hebrew word for “all” is “kol“. It’s defined as “all, the whole, totality, everything“. Loving God with our entirety isn’t something that just “happens” once and for all. It’s a continual movement, a constant progression. We’ll never “arrive” until Jesus comes back and makes all things new. (Revelation 21:1-5)
AND EACH OTHER
Acts 2:42-47 gives us a beautiful picture of what the early church looked like. At the heart was community centered around Jesus. Clearly, we weren’t meant to journey alone. We need each other. We all need constant encouragement, sharpening, building, lifting, confession, prayer, and burden carrying. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:24-25, Galatians 6:2, Proverbs 27:17, James 5:16)
No matter who we are and where we are in our journey, every one of us can take a step closer to Jesus, today. Together, with the church, let’s move closer and let’s bring people with us!