As mentioned in the last post, I am starting a series of sermons on the church and discipleship. So to prime the pump and get some initial conversation (hopefully!) going, here are a question to get us started:
What is the business of the church?
I know the word “business” may not be the most common word to talk about what the church’s mission is, but think about it. What is the church “producing?” What is the goal of the church? If you are a church-goer, you may want to think in terms of why you go to church – what do you hope will happen there, what do you hope to gain? You may be tempted to use the religious language of church – mission, salvation, discipleship, etc. Go ahead and use those terms, but then I challenge you to say more, using “non-churchy” language. Sometimes we are so used used to the language of the church that we get stuck when we are asked to put it into words others might better connect with. Personally, I find that the challenge of using non-churchy language pushes me to be more concrete to describe what I’m trying to say actually looks like in day to day life.
For those non-church goers who may be reading this, what would you, as a non-church-goer, think the “business” of the church should be, and why?
I await your input!
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