A Church For Everyone on the Planet
It is said that there are over 800 Baptist churches in Atlanta where I live. We have the option of driving past dozens of churches to attend the assembly of our choice. We are able to fine tune the options to find a church that fits our desire for music, seating, lighting, architecture, pastor, youth and children ministries. We can be really picky.
It is wonderful that Christianity has so permeated our city that there are hundreds of churches. What is not so wonderful is that there are thousands of cities, towns and villages that don’t have one option. Something is wrong with this picture.
We believe everyone should be within reach of a local church. The Great Commission is aimed at “making disciples”. It is really obvious from a superficial reading of the New Testament the the context for doing discipleship is a local church. That is why we are driven by the vision of having a local church near every person on the planet.
The Syrians had surrounded the city, cutting off all supplies to the point that people were starving. Some lepers outside the city decided to take their chances with the Syrians since they were going to die anyway. When they showed up at the Syrian camp, the enemy was gone but the food and supplies were all there. As the lepers were in the process of enjoying a feast… “Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news. If we are silent and wait until the morning light, punishment will overtake us. Now therefore come; let us go and tell the king’s household.” (2 Kings 7:9).
Like the lepers, we enjoy a feast in the middle of a world that is spiritually starving. We too should echo their words: “we are not doing right… if we are silent.”
Paul Seger, BMW