Categories: Pastors Blog
As I write to you today the sounds of construction often distract me from my work and study in the office. Whether it is the buzzing of a saw blade or the rumble of heavy equipment the sounds remind me moment by moment that our new Family Education Building gets closer to its completion every day. As a church family we are all being asked to pray for the process and those who are led to are being asked to consider what they can contribute to its completion. Stepping back to look at the landscape of Crossroads, not just its physical footprint, but more importantly its ministry footprint, I want to take a few minutes to consider what I believe to be the most important ministry aspects of this great project that we are undertaking “Together for His Glory”.
Connections in Sunday School – the Bible is clear that it is only in close connections with God’s Word and with other believers that we thrive in Christian living. If the purpose of God in our lives is to bring Him glory then sin exists to rob glory from Him and direct it to ourselves. What happens in small groups during Sunday School is intended to be the teaching of God’s Word so that we are not conformed to this world, but are being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1)through the teaching of His Word (Psalm 119:11). The connection that we make with God through the study of His Word combined with the connections that we make with other believers ought to be an encouragement to an ever growing holiness in our lives (Hebrews 10:24).
What I have observed here at Crossroads is that those who are committed to the connections taking place in Sunday School, the connection with God through His Word and connections with other believers, are those who are most likely to serve in compassionate service oriented ministries. Commitment to the connections of Sunday School makes us more likely to fulfill the ministry of the church as Christ describes it (Matthew 25:31-46).
Therefore this Family Education Building, which is specifically designed to allow us to grow in the small group ministry of the Sunday School, will increase our involvement in hands on ministries of compassion to those in need. This will happen through the transformational teaching of God’s Word and through the relationships established within those groups. If anyone wonders why we are doing this, here is one good reason.
Rising above it all is the Cross of Christ, like a landmark always giving us a bearing for our direction as a church. The gospel, that Christ has come into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), is the most important truth and is our mission in everything we do. It should be for us a compass keeping us on the right track in all things. This is why we are called a city on a hill that cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14-16). Our light is not ourselves; it is the light of Jesus Christ, shining brightly upon the love of God on display in the brutal murder of His Son for the sin of the world (Romans 5:8).
This Family Education Building will magnify the light of Christ into our community and into our world through the spiritual growth and maturity of God’s church (me and you) here at Crossroads.
Love You, David