I wonder if you remember the Love My Church series from a couple of years back? We looked at what the Bible has to say about the radical nature of church and the gospel call to love one another with the love that God has shown us in Jesus. I wonder if this gospel love is the ultimate motivation behind your involvement in our church? Or is your involvement based more on what you get out of church (consumerism) than what you put in (love)?
I reckon these are testing times for our church. In fact I know they are. We’re all a bit shaken by the possible departure of the Crees and concerned about what it will mean for us as a church. I expect that it will be a time when the quality of our love will be tested. Above all it’s a time when we’ll need to be supremely focused on the true source of our unity, identity and mission – the Lord Jesus.
Personally, I’m looking forward to it. I’ve been encouraged by those who have been talking about their hopes to rise to the challenge. I’m praying that God would give each one of us a real and practical commitment to our part in the future of SCPC. And I’m praying for unity – that this will be a season of unexpected growth as we step forward together in “work produced by faith, labor prompted by love and endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3).
How do you see the future of SCPC?