by Ken Cooper
In Christian circles, we often talk about God’s will for our personal lives. But what about God’s will for Green Mountain Christian Church? What do you suppose He wants us to be as the body of Christ in Lakewood, Denver metro, or the world?
There are some troubling ideas in our world concerning what God wants His church to be. Some seem to think it is primarily a force for social change. The feeling is that the church should get involved in opposing and speaking out against everything that is wrong in our culture and country. And there is no doubt that there is much evil and sin in our world. We are incensed by the injustices and the blatant flaunting of sin in our culture. Daily, we read and hear about Satan’s successes in advancing his evil will. But, while we should oppose evil and speak up for the truth, our calling involves far more than that.
Some seem to believe that the church is here primarily to alleviate suffering and poverty. There are millions around this world who don’t have enough to eat or to wear. They live in horrible conditions where disease and abuse and neglect are rampant. And we should definitely be involved in helping these people. How can we not be moved by the pain of our fellow human beings? But, that alone is not what the church is called to do in this world. And neither is the combination of those two causes our primary calling. In Acts 1:8, Jesus said to his disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We too are his disciples and we too are his witnesses. It’s not something that we should do, it is something that, as Christians, we are. It’s a done deal. If you want more, look at Matthew 28:18-20 where we read, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
While we need to oppose evil and help the poor, if we neglect our primary purpose of spreading the Gospel of Christ in favor of those causes, we will have failed in our purpose. There is no shortage of evil in our world and Jesus said the poor will always be with us. I believe with all my heart that best defense against evil in our world is evangelism—to make disciples of all nations—one person at a time! Opportunities to evangelize are always all around us.
So, when you pray for Green Mountain Christian Church, keep in mind that our primary purpose is to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. Pray that we will be able to maximize the opportunities that God will provide to fulfill that mission and be a voice for all that is good and right at the same time. And pray daily for everyone you know in the church, pray for the leaders and teachers, pray for our influence in our community, pray that we would be effective in our witness for Jesus Christ. Pray that God’s Will be done in and through Green Mountain Christian Church.