Many churches, many Christians fall into the “feel-good trap.”
- It does feel good to feed the hungry.
My colleague, Tracee, consulted a church in Michigan.
- They had a food pantry.
- They gave over 1 million pounds of food away each year.
- The food pantry took over every inch of space in the church 6 ½ days a week.
- The church was aging and declining.
- Will the last person who dies please turn out the lights?
- There was no spiritual message given to the thousands of people who received food at this church.
- So people would die fat, but go to Hell.
- How does that fit your mission and ministry purpose as a church?
We’ve consulted numerous churches that have a grade school, nursery school, or a daycare.
- Yet they do nothing to reach the students or their parents for Jesus Christ.
- Have you read your mission statement or purpose statement lately?
- A CHURCH!
Most churches have a constitution with a purpose statement that focuses on Matthew 28:19-20.
- To “make disciples.”
- So they aren’t even true to their own mission!
It is very popular these days for churches to say, “We are the hands and feet of Jesus.”
If you are the “hands and feet of Jesus,” are you therefore willing to die for people so they will come to believe in Jesus, receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life?
Didn’t the hands and feet of Jesus die on a cross so people could have eternal life?
- If you are the hands and feet of Jesus, are you willing to die, if necessary so people may trust in Jesus for eternal salvation?
- We are the hands and feet of Jesus, but we are also ambassadors for Christ, proclaiming the eternal dimensions of faith and life in a journey to heaven.
- Meeting the spiritual needs of the heart and soul and the struggles and challenges people have: this is the both/and approach.
- At the end of the day, everything is spiritual.