Living with God's People -- Part 2

This week, we’re talking about this thing called the church. Let’s talk today about what the CHURCH is called to do.

Looking back to Acts 2:

  • They gave to anyone as he had need. 
  • They continued to meet together in the temple courts.
  • They broke bread in their homes.
  • They ate together with glad and sincere hearts.
  • They praised God.

The result (after all, that’s why we have job descriptions … we want results) was that they enjoyed the favor of all the people. In other words, the early Christians had a well-known and well-deserved reputation for social generosity that built bridges of community.

You see, the church is Plan A for changing individuals and the world. And here’s the kicker: There is no Plan B. The mission of Crossroads is to reach the disconnected and grow the connected. Let me ask you – if we don’t do it, who will?

When it’s done right, incredible things happen. Bill Hybals is Pastor of Willow Creek Church near Chicago, one of the world’s first mega-churches. He lists three things that happen if the church does things well.

  1. We carry the truth of Christ into our community 
    We are it. The truth of Jesus and His finished work on the cross is something that the world must hear. Local churches can bring that truth to the people closest to us.
  2. We are extensions of God's love into our community 
    Each believer has more than enough life to share to others and more than enough light to shed. In Matthew 5:16, Jesus commands us, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." The most available extension and proof of God's faithfulness is the life and testimony of the saints.
  3. We stand in the gap between God and our city into our community 
    Prayer is the most powerful things we can do as people of God. When we pray for the things that are happening in our community, we stand between God and the whole world. When Christians stand in prayer for cities, nations and the world, God shows up.

It was never God’s plan to use city, state or government programs to change the world. Governments can hand out money, but they can’t hand out hope.

The church is Plan A for changing our community. Period.