Sunday mornings have been great. Over the last six months we’ve had more people attend, we’ve had some great music, and some okay coffee. Yet I am constantly asking myself: Does the church exist to just have a really good Sunday morning? If this is the reason the church exists then there isn’t much more work for us to do. All we have to do is get some better coffee and we will have a tremendous morning.
I’m being a bit silly but there is a true tension here. If we don’t get the right question then we will have highly functioning solutions that aren’t addressing the present problems. There is nothing wrong with our Sunday mornings. I love them! But we can execute highly efficient Sunday mornings without making disciples. So there has to be a better question for us to ask then how many people are attending.
There are three scriptures that remind me of the significant work of the church.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples…” -Jesus
“His intent is that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms” -Ephesians 3:10
“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” -1 John 3:8
These scriptures remind me of the right questions. Are we making disciples? Are people coming to know that Jesus died for them? Is the devil’s work being destroyed in people’s lives? These questions remind me of the power of our gathering in Jesus’ name and going in Jesus’ name. It reminds me that Jesus isn’t just the answer to our Sundays mornings. He is the eternal remedy for our world.