MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY | INTRODUCTION
Imagine being given a new bus as a personal gift. Your new vehicle is not just a normal bus—it is a luxurious touring bus. Inside, you have plush, reclining seats, bathroom facilities, and a state-of-the-art stereo system. Outside, your new bus is painted a shimmering silver with tinted windows. Your new bus has all the necessary ingredients for a pleasant, comfortable ride. You are proud of your new bus, and all your friends are impressed with your new bus. Months go by and the luster of your new traveling castle wears off. You commit yourself to rekindle your friends’ original enthusiasm for your bus. One day you decide to pick up all of your friends and take them on a traveling tour. In the middle of your pleasure run, your bus breaks down on a hill. The only way to get your bus fixed is to have all your friends get out of the bus and push it up the hill. The weather is not ideal. Your friends complain that they didn’t get on this bus to work and get dirty, and some decide to stay on the bus. Only a small percentage of friends are willing to get out in the rain and help push.
Now imagine being given the same bus, but this time your purpose has changed. Imagine that your bus is sitting in your driveway, and you get a call from the Fire Chief who tells you that there is a fire in an apartment building across town. Children are trapped in the upper floors of this building! The Fire Chief asks you to gather up as many folks as possible in your bus to help with the life-saving efforts. You hurriedly gather your friends, and they all willingly board your bus. When the bus breaks down this time, there are no complaints about who has to push and who is going to get dirty. Everyone on the bus is committed to saving lives.
Isn’t it amazing how much of a difference it makes when we understand our purpose? It is no different when we are dealing in spiritual matters. God has ordained a vehicle on earth to accomplish His purposes. That vehicle is the body of Christ--His church. His church’s purpose is to provide people with the life-saving and life-changing message of Jesus Christ. All who come aboard do so by placing their trust in Jesus Christ. In order to be effective, the objectives and motivations of all who are on board are singularly focused on the call God has placed on them. Each person is committed to do whatever he or she can in the life-saving and life-changing efforts. This vehicle has many parts, but all of the parts add up to what is called “the church.”
Christ Community Church is one expression of this vehicle that God has designed. Continue to Biblical Foundation with the link below and you will find some of the nuts and bolts of our endeavor.