Churches choose to relate to their communities in a lot of different ways.
Some churches choose to simply be “in” their communities geographically, but are really apathetic when it comes to impacting their communities in any real way. They simply have church for themselves. Other churches choose to be “against” their community. IN other words, they are like Jonah and only want judgement for the “evil” ones outside their church. In their minds, the community is bad and deserves judgement, while they are good. They are more known for what they are against, than for any positive impact they make. Still other churches choose to be “of” their community. These churches decide to imitate their community and the culture around them. While thy are trying to be relevant, many times they find themselves indistinguishable from the world. They become so much like the world that they lose the ability to impact the world with the gospel. They simply no longer look like God’s people.
None of these are what the church should look like. In fact, the church in Scripture could be described as “for” their community. A church that is “for” their community is constantly praying for their town and pursuing the best for the culture around them. They are serving their community because, as Christians, we have been served in the greatest way by Jesus. God told His people through Jeremiah that they were to pray for the people and pursue peace and progress for those around them. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
Every church must decide what kind of church it will be. What kind of church do you want to be a part of?
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