“Christ’s people…drawn together in love…moving out to serve!” …Right? What a great mission statement! But what does it really mean? Even with great mission statements, we still need to go back from time to time and ask ourselves, “Is this still what is important and essential to us as Brevard First United Methodist Church?”
So, is it? If so, then how are we doing in being who we say we are and in our “living out” our mission? For instance, as “Christ’s people” called out from the world and “drawn together,” how are we doing in loving God and each other? And are we caring of one another, even though we may not agree on certain matters, and even beliefs?
Paul says when we are a part of the Body of Christ,“If one member suffers, we all suffer together;
if one member is honored, we all rejoice together”(I Corinthians 12:26). Is that the kind of love and caring we find in our church?
And how about our neighbor, too? After all, Jesus made it pretty clear that the best way we can love God back is when we share His love for all (yes, neighbor means all). Truly, there are lots of ways we can share such love as a church, but one thing we all can do on Sunday morning is to go out of our way in welcoming EVERY PERSON God brings to our church. I think we are a welcoming church…but can’t we always do better?
Finally, there is this: “Moving out to serve”—that’s
a big part of who we are. Right? For me, there is
no question—ours is the most mission- minded congregation I have served! In your great generosity of giving—time, talents, prayers and gifts—you are taking our church where Christ sends us—out there, where the needs are great.
Secular organizations talk a lot about “core values.”Churches have core values, too. These basically reflect who we believe we are (our identity), how our identity seeks to follow God’s vision, and, of course, how we will act on what we believe about ourselves. In other words, core values are really about what we as a church believe to be important and essential as we seek to follow Christ.
Last week I attended my 36th annual conference at Lake Junaluska. I have heard a lot of sermons over that time from some well-known and outstand- ing preachers. Out of all of those, the one that I remember the most came during those early years I was a pastor. It was the closing message from Bishop Bevel Jones, who had ordained me as an elder in the Methodist Church. It was about“KEEPING THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING!”
What would you say is “THE MAIN THING” for our church—the Body of Christ here in Brevard?
I would love to hear from you.
In the love of Christ,