blessedChurch buildings help us more fully live into the mission of the church.  They provide physical space not only for us to worship God (1 Peter 2:9) and nurture one another (Ephesians 4:15-16) but also for the witness of the church, which is called to be a “light” to the world (Matt. 5:14–16).  Church buildings should be beacons of light and love.  At their best, church buildings serve not only our church family but also the common good.  They are visible symbols of Jesus’s closeness and public “safe spaces” of God’s kingdom in our area.  They are places where people typically feel they can go for help.  Church buildings, when filled with faith-filled merciful people, are “sanctuaries” for broken, defeated, lost, and struggling neighbors seeking refuge from the storms of life.

This congregation has been faithful in maintaining the understanding that even our church building and property belong to God.  Yes, God has entrusted us to care for it and use it to further glorify Him by creating a space that reflects Christ’s life:

  • When we have extra, we share (Hebrews 13:16, Luke 3:11)
  • Protect those who have stones being thrown at them (John 8:6-11)
  • Gather with community (Acts 2:42-47)
  • Humble ourselves to serve one another (Ephesians 4:2-12, Mark 10:35-45)
  • Pray together and for one another (Luke 11:1-13)
  • We all go out and invite in (Luke 14:23), serve them with hospitality (Luke 10:38-42) and welcome when they come (Romans 12:13)

Those are just a few examples.  We also know that scripture doesn’t say that this journey will be easy or without difficult decisions, hard conversations, introspection, and painful growing in faith, but God will be with us and it will still be joy-filled. (1 Thessalonians 2:9)

When wondering about how to use our building and property, I wonder about asking a few of these questions. We all know that sometimes darkness tries to put out Christ’s bright light that shines through all of our resources as we try to use them for good.

  • Have you prayed about it?
  • Does the idea/request support the mission of Christ’s church?  If Jesus did it, should we be doing it?
  • What are the challenges to the idea?  Can those challenges be addressed somehow?  Now, if you’re still “cranky” by the idea, ask yourself: "why!"  Then, pray for community discernment.

Love,

Pastor Jen