Where are Christians made? At revivals? At conferences? At worship nights?
The question is important, because its answer will help us determine where most to invest in to advance the cause of the Great Commission.
And the answer is most certainly this: Christians a made, first and foremost, in churches.
In other words, the church is where it’s at.
Obviously we don’t mean that Christians are made literally in churches; the physical building, the altar or in the pews.
We mean that Christians are made where there is the body of Christ. There is a reason why Jesus, before taking up his cross, admonished his disciples with this new command:
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
It is through loving one another that people see Jesus’ love and are drawn to it.
It is with the family of believers, where our favorite family meal is the Word of God, our family tradition is the one another way, and where are favorite pastime is worshipping God in hymns and songs that people become Christians.
If you talk to any number of disciples, involved in their conversion story is always a church. They’ll recall something that moved them in a conversation with a brother or a sister, and it almost certainly wouldn’t have happened if there wasn’t a church.
We see this also in the beginning of Acts. The Holy Spirit moved powerfully through the community of the believers there. The scripture says that the Lord added to their number daily.
With this in mind, we can affirm two important ideas, especially when thinking about reaching and saving the lost.
- If the church is where it’s at, then cities without a church need a church.
The missionary call isn’t simply going out to convert people individually, rather it involves planting churches. If churches are where Christians are made, and if we desire to have cities with many Christians, inevitably we will need to plant a churches in those cities.
Our efforts then, shouldn’t be made towards unique or culturally hip ministry strategies. It should be about planning church plantings. We should strive to see disciples meet together, practice the one another way and worship with one another every Sunday in cities where those things currently don’t happen. We don’t have to be creative, we just need to do it in the way it’s been done for all of Christian history.
- If the church is where it’s at, then cities that have a church have a great hope.
We can easily grow discouraged especially when the harvest doesn’t seem plentiful. If you are in a city now where there is a church, but ministry seems to be a grind, don’t despair. The fact that there is a church in that city means that it has a strong fighting chance to see soul saved. The city with disciples meeting together, is a city with an unprecedented hope and light. With God’s power in the church souls will be saved in your city. Have faith, serve your church and see God work.
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