MMP: A Place of Restoration

August 28, 2017
Note: Each week we will have a guest writer who will share a few of their personal thoughts on Sunday’s sermon. Unlike Monday Morning Quarterbacking, from which this series gets its name, we aren’t looking to critique so much as share how we have been personally impacted. This week’s post comes from Meslissa McGinness.

TITLE:  Community for Jesus’ Sake
PASSAGE: Galatians 6:1-2, 10

Sunday’s message is the first in a series meant to bring our church back to the reality of its existence.    We are a community of believers designed by God to love and serve each other and the broken world around us.  It is our namesake!  We are HOPE!

Have you ever wondered why our surrounding communities are crumbling?  Have you ever taken a close look at how you or your church has contributed to the deterioration?  Who really NEEDS church?  Are you desperate for a connection with the church or are you sitting on the sidelines?

The desire for – and acquisition of – comfort is a clever trick by the enemy that has long since held the modern church back from doing what it was designed to do.  We’d rather be comfortable than to take the hand of an elderly person and walk them across the street.  We’d rather be comfortable than to volunteer our time at a soup kitchen feeding the homeless.  We’d rather be comfortable than to meet a new person at our own church and come alongside them in their journey with Christ.  People have issues and issues are messy.

Jesus’ death on the cross was not comfortable and yet he willingly sacrificed his life for our restoration.  The church is a place where we find restoration – or at least should.  The main thing that should flow out of a church is restoration and its members should be influenced to fuel that restoration by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Restoration demands connection and connection will restore.  The more we choose to deliberately connect the more we fall in love with those around us.  The more we miss those connections when we are away.  The more we will offer up ourselves and our resources to serve those we are in communion with.

Folks this isn’t hard.  We are called to be present, get to know and love and serve those around us.  I don’t know about you but I want everyone to know about the hope I have in Christ and the love I’ve found through my community at HOPE.  There is nothing like it this side of Heaven.