From Pastor Tim Johnson:
Thank you to all who expressed such encouraging words about Sunday’s message and the challenge it posed. It is a heavy burden to accept that the Church of the Living God is the bearer of the truth.
Because the Church supports, sustains and is designed to share the truth that Jesus is God and died to remove sins from those who trust in Him, the Church is God’s chosen means by which she is the hope of the world.
Note that Jesus is the actual hope of the world, however, God in His wisdom has prepared the church to be the tool by which He protects and promotes the Gospel. The church is not the hope of the world, per se, Jesus is.
It is easy to invest in the life and activities of the church expecting that that would please God, but Hebrews 11:6 indicates that is faith alone that pleases God:
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw
near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who
God is not dead, and we must believe that He is alive…He is a living God. And trusting in Jesus is a required indication that one believes in the living God who long ago prophesied that Jesus would come to pay for our sins (see Isaiah 53:6).
So the Church protects that truth, and She is called to be a beacon of hope and light to this lost world by telling others that Jesus is God.
This is the reason every Christian should get out of bed each day; to be ready to tell someone about Jesus. Most people find their vocation in something other than ministry, but that does not mean we should not be motivated to go about our work and lives apart from a passion to protect and promote the truth.
Bearing a heavy load with you for the sake of Christ,
SERMON: THE PRIMARY PURPOSE FOR THE CHURCH