Some deep questions regarding church came across in my reading for this upcoming Sunday. They stem from the passage of scripture in Philippians, chapter 2, verses 1-13. In those words, the apostle Paul writes, “look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” This is a difficult thing to do. This is virtually impossible to do on our own. We want what we want, at least I know I do. Why can’t I get what I want? Why can’t things be the way I want them? After all, this is MY church, MY space. But is it?
So in the reading I was doing (from Sundays and Seasons of Augsburg Press, ELCA), these words struck home to me and I share them for us all to consider:
Too often and too easily when people in the church talk about growth they are secretly, or not so secretly, hoping for more people in the pews on Sunday morning and more money in the offering plate. [Invite] folks to consider these sorts of questions. What does your church mean to you? How have you experienced Jesus through this group of Christians? How has your faith changed after being part of the congregation? How have you been blessed? Then remind folks that these are reasons to invite people to their church, so others can share in these sorts of beautiful experiences.Blessings.