Why We Belong
If you’ve been at CFC for a while, I am optimistic that you can explain why this local church is a legitimate organism attached to the Lord Jesus. We desire to serve and obey Him. The character of the church involves more than being an institution or an organization; the church is here to express reality as God defines “realness.” An organism is alive. It lives. And if Jesus is true, what He says about us in scripture, is that His church is the most alive thing on earth. This being true, disciples of Jesus not only gather here, we belong here. CFC is a place where you can not only have history with other believers but make history with those fellow followers of Christ.
It is interesting that after the disciple Simon, who is nicknamed Peter, professes His confidence in the identity of Jesus, Jesus promises to build His church with those who, like Peter, confess the same confidence. Taking the church as something more than just a building or manmade structure, Peter goes on to say:
1 Peter 2:4-5, 9
4 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. 5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.
9 You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
What a graphic expression of who we are as the church! We are not a club organized a long time ago for some long past social concern or environmental change. We remain the church of the Lord Jesus because His mandate and mission for it have not yet ended. This is also a great reminder to us that our experience of “church,” as much as we long for it to be so, cannot be relegated to merely our history. I’m as nostalgic about my history with God’s people as anybody, but being now so far removed from it, I must continue to live--to allow Christ to build His church with me as a “living stone.” Many of those other stones on whom I was established are no longer alive in this world, but their investment in me remains alive. I can’t grow complacent (and neither can you) with memories but must move ahead with a vision for the future that is alive and new and growing. Remember, we belong here! Celebrate the history we’ve made together, but keep making history.