A Question to Ponder
REV Dr RAY DELAURIER,
NORTHCENTRAL REGIONAL PASTOR
“Into what kind of church would the Father be pleased to draw people to experience the fullness of this new life?” This is really the foundational question for all churches that are healthy and those less so and seeking to become healthy. The Father sent Jesus to create the church and rightly so serves as the Head of the Body, the church (Col.1:18). The church belongs to Jesus alone as the builder (Matt.16:18). Those are two realities that drive our Church Multiplication and Church Development ministries and we will hear more about this at our Annual Gathering. Please go! These two realities are often lost in our modern world, or exist in the foggy bottom of theology somewhere, instead of where they should be, directly in front of our face (Ps.5:8).
These two realities remind us that the church is a spiritual organism, built on a spiritual foundation, directed by ultimate power both spiritual and otherwise, and governed by spiritual principles. As such the salvation of souls and transferring them into Jesus’ kingdom and into the church is the main point of Jesus’ mission (Lk.19:10). Then what? The loving Father, through the Son, by the agency of the Spirit brings a person to a church where they can grow and thrive. So again, “Into what kind of church would the Father be pleased to draw people to experience the fullness of this new life?” Is this a question that is right before our face, and before each face in the congregation? Each one plays a vital role in a church that the Father would be pleased to bring people. The opposite is also true. The Father who loves His own would not want them involved in other churches due to harm that would come to them. Ultimately it is a perspective question isn’t it— God’s perspective, or ours in this fallen world? The Conference Irreducible Core to Love God, Love Others, and Make Disciples is the hallmark for a church that the Father would be pleased to bring people. If we are also people at peace implementing Biblical Peacemaking with one another, the Father will be pleased and the church will grow “all by itself,” and be a powerful Body in our communities, that He would rightly receive all the glory.