I have recently been hearing a lot of comment about our church. Much of it from people not actually in our church.
Something I encounter very frequently when speaking to people in Warrnambool that aren’t in our church is “Oh I used to go there“.
As soon as those words start coming out of a mouth, you can see the glaze forming over the speaker’s eyes.
The glaze of disconnection, the glaze of “I am no longer interested in this conversation“.
The problem is that there are so many people around town that used to come to what we used to be, but they still think that we currently are exactly what we used to be.
Well I have news for them…WE ARE NOT!
A church by it’s very nature of being a group of people being lovingly transformed into the image of Jesus Christ, cannot stay the same as it always was!
If we are the same as we always were, we are actively resisting the transforming work of Jesus in our lives.
And if we aren’t resisting Him, we are changing.
If we are all changing individually, then as a group the same must also be true.
We are changing, we will always be changing until we are transformed completely into the likeness and image of Jesus Christ. The passion lies in the desire to be just like Him.
I would sincerely like to encourage the many in town who “used to go to that church“, to examine yourselves instead of assessing us based on years old information and opinions.
We are not what we used to be, and in the future we will not be what we are now.
We have grown and developed, matured and have continued in the process of transformation.
And will continue to do so until the transformation is complete.
Isolation from the body is NEVER God’s answer to our problems.
Healing is found in a healthy body not in isolation from one.
Imagine if our organs decided to remove themselves from our bodies because they considered the body to be unwell…the organ would wither and die because it was designed to function inside the body.
The body is one of the descriptions Jesus used frequently to describe His church and you as a believer in Him are designed to function within it.
I would like to invite all those who “used to go to that church” that are currently going to no church, to re-evaluate your position of submission.
If you realise that you have given up the regular meeting together as some were in the habit of doing and you would like to rectify this situation in your life, please feel free to phone our church office and ask Steve for an appointment to meet with one of the pastors here to evaluate whether you can walk this amazing life journey of Jesus following with us.
I look forward to meeting some of you soon.