Series Introduction

January 26, 2019

This sermon series seeks to answer some of the biggest questions that Christians often leave unasked. For example, people ask, “what is God’s will for my life?” But a better question, the one that goes unasked, is, “what is God’s mission for the church?” Hidden behind the first question is often an assumption that God exists for my happiness. But God doesn’t exist for you, you exist for God. You were created for the glory God, and that glory is meant to be manifest to the world through God’s people, the Church.

Here’s another example. When people look for a church home, they often ask, “what does this church have for me?” The unasked and better question is, “what do I have for the church?”

The irony is that when we get the questions right, the answers we were after with the wrong questions often get answered.

One of the great themes of the Bible is God calling a people for himself. He said to Abraham, “I will be your God and you will be my people.” God wasn’t talking just to Abraham, he was talking to Abraham and all of his family. He was talking to the forerunners of the Church. Most, if not all, of the “you” pronouns we find in the Bible are not singular, as we tend to read them, but plural.

If you want to grow spiritually, then you must stop looking at the Bible and the church as personal guides or spritual-personal  trainers. The church is not peripheral to your relationship with God. Your relationship with God is rooted in Christ’s relationship to His Church.

So what is the Church? In this series we embark on a five-week look at this life-realigning subject.