What Are We Doing Here?
For the past several weeks, we have been talking about the Kingdom of God on Sunday mornings. (If you missed those sermons, you can catch up on them HERE.) The Kingdom of God is one of if not the most central theme of the whole Bible. It is the gospel that Jesus preached on, taught about, and impressed upon His hearers with signs and miracles. This is the message He sent His disciples out to proclaim, and it is what He has left His Church on earth to show the world.
At First Christian Church, we say that we are a Kingdom building church. It is our heart and cry to expand and build God’s Kingdom here in Pennsylvania and around the world. The question for us to ask now is, “What does that look like?” How will we know when we have succeeded? To use a sports metaphor, where is the end zone for the Kingdom of God?
If I may, I would like to humbly submit an idea that I have been working on for the past few months. We will see the Kingdom of God expand as we build a COMMUNITY of people who WORSHIP Jesus as King, GROW in His character, and REFLECT His image in the world.
First, we must understand that the Kingdom of God is a community of people. It is not a bunch of Lone Rangers facing the world alone. It was never supposed to be that. However, we have bought into this false idea that it is just about me-and-Jesus and no one else. The Church is a people, a family through whom God is showing the world who He is and what He is about.
This community of Kingdom people is called the Church, and it is made up of those who worship Jesus as King. Here is another mistake we often make. We accept Christ as savior without realizing that He is also Lord and King. Following Christ is not about a get out of hell free card that gives us a pass to go on living like we always have. No, Jesus saves us by His grace, accepts us just as we are, but that saving grace changes us as we respond in worship.
How does Jesus change us? By sending the Holy Spirit into our lives, He grows us into His character and likeness. The goal is to be more like Jesus. We do not compare ourselves to others. They are not the standard—Jesus is. Some of us grow quickly, some of us grow slowly. The goal is growth. Are we more like Jesus today than we were a year ago? We cannot do this alone. We need the community of God’s Kingdom people around to help us grow as we ought.
As we grow in the character of Jesus, we realize that Jesus gave of Himself sacrificially for others, and so we do the same. We live our lives not for ourselves but so that others can see and know Him as Savior and King. We live to reflect the light and life of Jesus Christ through our words and actions, bathed in love and grace.
This is what we are doing here. This is the goal of our lives together at First Christian Church.
At First Christian Church, we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. We believe that the Old and New Testaments of the Bible were inspired by God and tell the story of God’s plan to save human beings from the evils of sin and death. If you have any specific questions about what we believe as a church, please just ask! Our pastors and elders would be more than happy to sit down and talk with you.