Why We Do Church?
"... Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...? 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
Someone once asked me to explain to them, why we do church?
At first I was a little shocked because we usually assume people already know the answer, but in this time we are living in we can never assume.
So, here is my response.
To whom it may concern,
My name is Tim Ford and I am the current Pastor at Belgrade and Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Maysville, North Carolina.
Our mission is “to make disciples for the transformation of the world.” If you are not familiar with this, allow me to explain. The disciples I am referring to are intentional followers of Jesus. They are those who become like Jesus in their words, and deeds. We take Jesus’ teachings, both out of the old and new testament and we carry that message of love, grace and mercy into our broken world.
We also believe Jesus who is God, died for our sins and was raised from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the father. His life saved us from an eternity of death and Jesus offers us a new life. When we accept Jesus and receive him into our life, we are to live out this new life following Jesus and his teachings.
In fact, we believe the Bible is God’s word for us which teaches us, corrects us, and guides us, and shows us on how we should live out our lives. With the power of his spirit we are then equipped to carry his message of love into the world. It is through Jesus’ teachings we learn to love God and to love our neighbors; this includes helping those around us in need.
Sometimes this can be seen when we help people with food, or water or clothing. Sometimes it’s helping people through a hurt, a struggle, a pain, an addiction, or the grief of losing someone. Sometimes we share Jesus’ love through serving others, or just sharing the hope that he loves us unconditionally. There are many ways we show God’s love to others and even though we know we can’t do it all, we do the best we can to reach those around us.
In fact, our church has impacted this community since 1918 and we have helped and reached all kinds of people within our community. More recently, we have served those in need in the recent hurricane even though we had seen our own church damaged. We have been a huge part of this community reaching those that have needed help for generations and we will continue to be the hands of feet of Jesus for years to come.
We teach the ways of Jesus so that we can put his words of love into action in the world.
Intentionally Following Jesus,