Five Ways the Church Can Be the Church
This past week two of my spiritual mentors died on the same day. I had the privilege of preaching one of their funeral services. One of them led me to Christ and taught me how to preach, the other taught me how to live a genuine Christian life.
One man was my Pastor and the other served as my Sunday School teacher and discipler. I can truly say I am a product of a church that simply functioned like a church was supposed to. They did the basics, those things that might seem mundane or elementary to some.
Here are “Five Ways the Church Can Be the Church” – things that I learned from my own church:
- Be Gospel Centered.
Getting the Gospel out to the world was a priority. My Pastor kept this before us consistently. He took me with him to share the Gospel, sent me with church leaders, and provided opportunities for me to share my faith.
- Focus on Personal Growth.
Growing in your personal walk with Christ was considered the normal Christian life. This was not something reserved for super Christians. There was a plan for helping people grow in their faith.
- Invest in Youth.
The adults invested in youth. The church did not only run a youth ministry but individuals personally invested in the lives of youth. When I could not afford to go to youth camp, the man whose funeral I just preached paid my way. By the way, it was at that camp I surrendered my life to ministry.
- Identify Young Leadership.
The leadership of the church identified young leaders and spent time investing in their lives. A variety of men spent time with me helping me learn to live as a believer. They each taught me something unique about my personal walk with Christ.
- Be Authentic.
The people genuinely cared for one another, which manifested itself at church and through their everyday lives. This established a safe place for people of all ages who were searching. The members and their relationship with each other attracted others to our church.
I was reminded, as I helped celebrate a life well lived and worthy of influence, how blessed I was to be a part of a church like Ridgecrest Baptist. A church who acts like the church is a powerful force in every culture.
Tell me about your experience!