Opening the doors of the facility we mistakenly call the church

I started to send a message to someone this morning, and instead cancelled it and made it today’s blog.  I started to send a message to my praying brother, Jordan Decker (see his blog), asking for prayer about a decision to be made by another group about using our “church”.  A Celebrate Recovery group has been meeting across the river in Pomeroy and are looking for a “home”.  They want to kick-off full blown, two county, public CR meetings in September.  They are planning to rent a place that is $450 a month.  I offered to go to our church board for approval to allow them full access to our building:  sanctuary, fellowship hall, kitchen, projector, sound system, headsets, classrooms, etc.  All at no cost to them.  They may make their decision on Monday.   I hope God wants it here, but only want it here if He does.  Otherwise, I pray they vote no.  If you would pray about it, I’d appreciate it.

We would typically say, allow them to use our “church”.  Technically, we would be letting them use our facility or facilities.  A facility is defined as “something created to serve a particular function”.  The building the church gathers in is merely a facility.  It’s a building.  The particular function of the building should be for people to gather, the Good News to be proclaimed, and for Christ to be glorified.  As I see it, the more people who gather in this building, the more worthwhile it makes the investment of time, money, and labor of those who initially envisioned it and built it, and of those who continue to maintain it.

The more people who gather in this facility to praise the Name of Jesus, who become followers of Jesus, and who see their lives changed by Jesus, the better it is for everyone.  And when you and I, the people of God open the doors of “our” facilities to others, how pleased must Jesus be?

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ ~ Matthew 25:40

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One Response to Opening the doors of the facility we mistakenly call the church

  1. David Cartwright says:

    Amen. I will pray for the Spirit to guide your church leadership’s decision. I have thought that churches who address three social needs will be nearly irreplaceable in their communities: substance abuse, financial issues and marital relationships.

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