A Serving Church

Serve
 
Churches are called to serve, right? But who do churches serve? Think about that for a minute. Before you just keep reading, answer the question in your mind. Also think through what is doable. If you say “everyone,” then how would a church really do that?
I’ve been thinking that churches serve two groups of people: those who are a part of it, and those who are not! This may be again one of those answers that makes it meaningless. But before we gloss over it too quickly, I think we need to take a minute and think a bit more deeply about it. In this simple statement is actually the full calling of the Church, as well as the Church’s greatest struggle.
Jesus established the Church by calling the Disciples to follow Him in a life of faith, and then by sending them out to tell others about Him. What is interesting is that Jesus sends out the 12 to preach and teach in their communities almost immediately after He called them to follow Him (Matthew 10). I think this expresses Jesus’ passion that the Church not be a closed group focused on themselves, or even to be so totally absorbed with Jesus that they have no concern for other people. We see this again at the moment when Jesus leaves the Disciples and ascends back to heaven. At this moment the natural temptation would be to withdraw, huddle together and regroup. Yet it is

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Acquainted with the Darkness

AB Blog8.16.16

 

Lust, a torrid affair, abuse of power, military corruption, second hand murder, bald faced opportunism…these are all terrible sins, the types of despicable acts that would condemn and impugn anyone.  They would make a hero into the villain.  So it is with King David.  He saw a beautiful woman and he wanted her.  He was the king, so he deserved her.  Never mind her loyal and brave husband who served the king faithfully as a soldier.  He was now nothing more than a pawn standing in the way of what the king wanted. 

            David wrangled his army commander into his scheme, sent them off on a known suicide mission and had the pawn picked off by the enemy.  With the husband out of the way, the king could make his move.

            This is part of the wonder of God’s word.  It is straight up rated R in many places.  It shares with us the good, the bad and the absolutely horrendous.  We have a picture of history that reflects reality.  There is no covering of warts here.  Many of the heroes in Scripture can just as easily be villains.


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