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There are lots of things in life that really “matter” to us. It may be our favorite sports team, our house, our career, or our kids. Although most of those things are important, none of them are ultimate. In the eyes of God, there is only one thing that really matters: the church. Not a building or a denomination or an hour on Sunday – but the movement of people who collectively embody God’s grace and truth. The church is the ultimate hope of the world. Ephesians 5:25 tells us that, “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”   The church matters so much that Jesus was willing to die to create it. If it mattered that much to Jesus, it should matter that much to us.

From this Series

Charting a Course

August 31, 2014 by Mark Stuenzi Message 1 of 3

Over time, churches tend to drift into an insider / outsider mindset. Long-term believers can begin to look at unbelievers with a spirit of indifference, rather than a spirit of compassion. Eventually, the church can become more of a Christian social club than a search-and-rescue operation. In Jesus’ day, the religious leaders struggled with the fact that Jesus spent so much time with some of the worst people in society. In Luke 19, Jesus surprised and upset many people by going to lunch with Zacchaeus, a notorious chief tax collector. In response to the complaints, Jesus gives with what may be the clearest statement of his mission in this world: “the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

All Hands

September 7, 2014 by Mark Stuenzi Message 2 of 3

In our culture, many people approach church with a consumerist mentality. We can begin to see the church as the provider of a spiritual commodity. This creates churches full of people who show up for the “service” but do not really engage in the mission. That consumerist mentality weakens the church and stunts the spiritual growth of the believer. If you are not serving, you are not growing and you are probably stagnating. To follow Jesus means to become more and more like him, and Jesus “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

On Board

September 14, 2014 by Mark Stuenzi Message 3 of 3

There are lots of things in life that really “matter” to us. It may be our favorite sports team, our house, our career, or our kids. Although most of those things are important, none of them are ultimate. In the eyes of God, there is only one thing that really matters: the church. Not a building or a denomination or an hour on Sunday – but the movement of people who collectively embody God’s grace and truth. The church is the ultimate hope of the world. Ephesians 5:25 tells us that, “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” The church matters so much that Jesus was willing to die to create it. If it mattered that much to Jesus, it should matter that much to us.