If every church in town was filled to maximum capacity, this Sunday in all of their worship services, how many people do you think that would be? How many can each church have in their sanctuary or worship center at once?
I wonder about this often. There are over 12,000 people in Port Lavaca and over 21,000 in Calhoun County. How many of them could fit in the churches in our county?
I know that is a weird thing to wonder about, but if our job as a Christians is to go and make disciples of everyone we meet, and, in case you are wondering, that is exactly what Jesus says our job is, then our goal should eventually be to make disciples of everyone in our community. That means that, eventually, if we are doing our job as Christians, we are going to need a lot more space in our churches.
I assume that if you are reading this column you almost certainly have a church home. Do you invite new people to come to church with you? Why or why not? Do you do anything to try and teach new people about Jesus?
Every Christian is empowered by God to proclaim the Gospel, and to teach people to read their Bibles, pray and worship. Every Christian is set apart by God for that purpose. Most of us, however, will never do that. We have become overly reliant on our pastors and church staffs to do these things for us, and we have come to treat the church as an organization that is supposed to provide services to its members.
This is the exact opposite of the way it is meant to be. The church does not exist to provide services for its members. It exists to empower its members to serve the church. Likewise, a pastor’s job is to empower the church to do the work of making disciples.
There are thousands of people in our community who have no church home and who need to hear the good news. What are you going to do about that?