The Church is the People

The Church is the People

This week, I had the pleasure of being a tour guide for my visiting family from South Africa, which led me to reflect on the nature of change. I love roller coasters, but only when I can see where they are going. This week, I experienced a ride that changed its direction, making me nauseous and uncomfortable. This unexpected change served as a metaphor for the church’s current state. We are about to embark on a transformative journey that will challenge our expectations and require us to adapt.

The church, as we know it, is about to change. We cannot continue doing things the same way and expect different results. The foundation of our church remains strong, but we need to adapt to meet the needs of today. Over the next four weeks, we will explore four key aspects of the church: the church is people, the church is active, the church is united, and the church is equipped.

Our church has faced significant challenges and changes over the years, and we are now in a rescue mission. If we do not adapt, we risk losing our relevance and impact. We must be willing to change how we volunteer, greet, worship, and interact with each other. This change is not for the sake of change but to see lives transformed and to grow our community.

The local church saved my life, and I am passionate about its potential to save others. We must move beyond our comfort zones and embrace the quirks and imperfections of our community. We need to be together, support each other, and be willing to change. The church is not a social club, a place, or a self-help program. It is a movement of people following a loving God and helping each other walk out their God-given purpose.

We must be willing to go where God leads us, not just where we want to go. We need to be prepared, stay connected, and be willing to give rather than just receive. Our church is a reflection of our individual commitment and passion. Together, we can create a thriving, inviting, and purpose-driven community that impacts not just our local area but the world.

Key Takeaways

1. **Embrace Change for Transformation**: Change can be uncomfortable, but it is necessary for growth and transformation. Just as a roller coaster ride can be thrilling yet unsettling, the church must adapt to new ways of doing things to remain relevant and impactful. Embrace change as an opportunity for spiritual growth and community transformation. [01:55]

2. **The Church is People, Not a Place**: The church is not a building or a set of traditions; it is a movement of people united by their love for God and each other. We must focus on building relationships and supporting one another, rather than clinging to old ways of doing things. Our foundation remains, but our methods must evolve. [04:06]

3. **Create an Inviting Culture**: We need to cultivate an inviting culture where people feel welcomed and loved. This means being genuine in our interactions, offering support, and creating a space where people can find rest and healing. Our actions and attitudes should reflect the love of Christ, drawing others to our community. [50:01]

4. **Operate with Purpose**: Everything we do should be intentional and purpose-driven. From our finances to our ministries, we must align our actions with our mission to serve and transform lives. Discovering and living out our God-given purpose will lead to a thriving and impactful church community. [01:00:15]

5. **Unity and Collaboration**: The church is a body with many parts, each with a unique role to play. We must work together, supporting and encouraging one another, to achieve our collective mission. By embracing our individual gifts and collaborating, we can create a powerful and united community that reflects the body of Christ. [57:20]


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