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Greetings from Pastor Russell Duncan

From Pastor Russ: 

“For we are now co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”                        

(1 Corinthians  3:9)

 

 

Many years ago while I was still in college, the church I was working at as a student intern began a building project for a new Sunday School building.  I was hired to work on the construction site, not to do any of the building work, but my job was just as important as all the rest.  It was my responsibility to keep the construction site free of debris so that it was a safe place to work.  Several times a day I would take a truckload of scraps to the landfill, each time returning to the construction site to fill the truck up again.  Some people might have considered this medial  work, but I knew that it wasn’t because the safety of every worker depended upon how well I did my job.  And I knew I was appreciated by the number of times each day someone would say thanks or comment about how nice the construction site looked because of my efforts.

What does it take to build a church?  Beyond the brick and mortar, wiring and plumbing, drywall and paint, there’s so much that goes into it.  These things are necessary for building any building, but that’s not what it takes to build a church.  Putting myself at risk of being cliche, I must say what we already know to be true: The church is not the building, it is the people.

The Scripture verse above is part of what Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, in his first letter to them.  This congregation was significantly divided by a number of factions.  In the early chapters of the letter, Paul addresses this conflict.  In chapter 3, his point is, that neither he, nor Peter, nor Apollos (all of whom visited Corinth to bring the gospel to them) were of any greater importance than the other.  Rather than claiming to follow one of the teachers – which the Corinthians were doing – it was extremely important that these believers recognize that they were all followers of Jesus Crhist, and that Paul, Peter, and Appolos were co-workers on the same building project.

Paul’s point is simply that in order to build a church, it takes everyone working together to make a group of people into a congregation, committed to doing the work of Jesus Christ in the world to the honor and glory of God.  We come together to be the church for one purpose alone, and that is, to serve our Savior and Lord.  He is the foundation upon which the church is built, and no one can lay any other foundation other than Christ.

That means several things if we are truly committed to that:

       *   We leave our own agendas behind because we have a common agenda in Jesus

       *    We support the work of the church with everything we have to give – time, talents, and treasure

       *    We generously offer out talents and abilities to the work of the church and do the best we can with the abilities we have to offer

       *    We recognize that every person’s gift is important, and the church is not “healthy and whole” if we devalue what someone else has to offer.

Paul gives us much to think about and pray about!  With the state of the church and the ever-changing place it has in today’s culture, we need to give some serious thought to what it takes to make a church.  And we must be careful not to limit our reflection to those with whom we already have a relationship within our congregation.  What do those on the outside think about us and say about us?  How does what we do, both separately and together, influence those who share the neighborhood with us?

 

Blessings,

Pastor Russ