Wanna go to church?
Pastor Mark Jeske
God invented congregations for many vital purposes—public worship; teaching and learning the Word; fellowship; service training; spiritual care of the new ones, the old ones, and the straying; and enjoying the precious Sacraments of Baptism and Communion.
One of the most wonderful features of congregational life is the opportunity it gives for people to get involved in serving people. Jesus’ foot washing was a demonstration of attitude, not so much a literal command. Today we don’t wash other people’s feet, but we can wash each other’s dishes. We can continue Jesus’ joyful spirit with acts of service great and small: cooking, accounting, snowplowing, painting, transporting, caring for children, organizing and planning, sending cards, mentoring, singing, managing IT, and landscaping.
Just like countries, no congregation is perfect. They are all conglomerations of sinners with many flaws, shortcomings, and only partially pure agendas. They have gaps in their ministries and sometimes hurt people instead of helping and healing. And yet you’ve got to love ’em because Jesus gets so many good things done through them.
Are you an active member of a congregation?“ Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). Time is short. Use God’s resources so the Day won’t catch you unprepared.
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