Over the past few weeks I have been ‘talking church’ with some ministry peers in other cities. Such conversations often revolve around the “what” of our work…“what are you doing?” and, “what is the result?” But recently our conversations have turned to the more weighty matter of “why”. Why do we even do church?
The answer is found in the space between the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. We labor to make disciples (Matt 28) that show love to God and their neighbors (Matt 22). Here at Fellowship we put it this way—we exist to grow compelling relationships with God and others that have an irresistible influence in our world.
We are all made for relationships. Each person lives day-to-day relating with other people. And of all relationships, knowing God is most important. But because of our sin, our relationships are all damaged and need repair. Fortunately, God is in the business of creating relationships that are compelling by drawing people into his church.
The church consists of those who have entered a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ and direct their lives according to his Word. In this community, we worship God together, we grow in our faith together, and we serve others together. And as these compelling relationships are nurtured, the Holy Spirit uses the church to have a dramatic impact on the world around it.
As a church, we aspire to be this kind of community. We want to be an environment where people are growing compelling relationships with God and others that have an irresistible influence in our world.
This is why we do church. Come to think of it, it also explains what we do.