Many Christians make the mistake of thinking that the church exists for them. Don't get me wrong, every Christian needs the church and needs to be part of a church family. We need our church to encourage us and build us up in our faith. We need the teaching and worship ministry of the church to inspire us to become world-changers for Jesus.
But the church doesn't exist for Christians, the church exists for Jesus. Jesus established the church to carry on the mission he began during his ministry. This Sunday, as we start our new study of "ACTS: The Church Alive!" we'll discover that before Jesus ascended into heaven he proclaimed the mission of the church: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). The church exists for Jesus and our mission is to proclaim the good news about him to everyone who needs to know Jesus.
I've heard it said that the church doesn't exist for believers, it exists for those who are not yet believers. If people who don't know Jesus are going to get know him, it'll be because the church is doing it's job of being Jesus' witnesses. The church is the hope of the world. The church is God's Plan A for evangelizing and changing the world and there is no Plan B.
"The Church Has a Mission" to carry the message of Jesus to the ends of the earth. Every Christian has a complementary mission, to make sure that we're sharing the good news of Jesus with the people in our "oikos" - our family, neighbors, friends, and people in our community at work or school or wherever we are. "The Church Has a Mission" and we are the missionaries! Are you ready to embrace your role in accomplishing the church's mission?
Do you want to learn more about Jesus' mission and how you fit into that mission? Come and worship with us this Sunday at First Baptist Riverside, Traditional Worship at 9:00 a.m. and Contemporary Worship at 10:45 a.m.