Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Is Your Church a Museum or Mission?

A city church, located in an area of the downtown where there were few residents, was forced to a decision. A large corporation was offering them a great deal of money for their site to put a parking lot. The money would enable the church to move to another part of the inner city where they would find many more people to serve.

Even though this was exciting to some of the congregation, other members were resistant to the idea. They pointed out that the church was the guardian of a building whose history & architecture reached back into the early part of the nineteenth century. Denominational history had been made in that building & some of the grand figures of the church had passed its portals.

Eventually the congregation decided to sell the site & make the move to a new building. The pastor who was with this congregation through all this upheaval said, “We had to decide whether we wanted to be in a museum or in mission.” They couldn’t have both ways.

It meant staying on their site, glorying in their past history & serving a few people, or giving up their past & gearing themselves to a significant ministry among the city’s people. They opted for mission status over museum status. - Wallace H. Kirby.

Act 7:48 (ISV) says: “However, the Most High does not live in buildings made by human hands.”

Eph 3:17 (KJV) says: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith,…”

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