There are many organizations fulfilling various roles in our society today. The Republican and Democratic Parties advocate for their polices and politicians. Hunting clubs bring together men and women who enjoy hunting together. Garden clubs bring together those who enjoy gardening and sharing God’s beautiful creation together. Historical societies bring together those who love history and want to learn more about it. There are various organizations such as the United Way and the Salvation Army who strive to help people in the community. There are various clubs at our schools for students with similar interests. Each of these clubs and organizations serve a specific role and function within our local community.
Yet, none of them are tasked with the function or mission of the church. The church is a unique organization, created by God, to spread His Kingdom upon this earth. There is no other organization or club that can do what it does. Other organizations help the needy and the poor but none of them have the specific mission of the church. Other organizations bring people together, but no other organization brings people together like the church. Other clubs and societies have a stated purpose and mission, but none of them can take their mission and purpose from the pages of Scripture.
The word that helps define the church and its mission is ekklesia. It’s a Greek word that means “called out”. Yet, when many people in the world look at the church today, they don’t see much difference between the church and other organizations. Other societies and clubs seem to be operating more efficiently and effectively than the church. Christians, in many circles and situations, don’t seem to act much different from the non-Christians around them. If the church is to be for those who are “called out”, what are we called out to? What are we called out from? What is the purpose and mission of the church and what does that even look like in Shelbyville, Tennessee in 2019?
Next Sunday, we are going to begin a new sermon series entitled “Called Out”. We are going to talk about what the church is called out to do. What is our mission? What should we be concerned about? What should impact our lives, the choices we make and the things in which we invest our time? What are we called out of? How should the church look different than the world? What should distinguish the church from the world in which we live? What should the church look like?
If you are wondering what it means to be part of the church and how it should impact your life, this sermon series is for you. If you are growing tired of the “same old same old” and wondering if the church makes a difference, I encourage you to hear each of these lessons. If you, or a friend or neighbor, are skeptical of the church based upon your own experience or what you have heard and seen from others, these lessons may change your perspective.
Come join us, beginning next Sunday morning at 9, as we discover what it means to be “called out” and live as the church in a challenging and changing world.