Why Church? - Part 2 - Body
Why church. That's the question that I'm asking over the next few weeks, and today is part two of five. Last week I asked the question, why church? Why would we want to gather again after all this time of doing things differently, of meeting online from the comfort of our sofa, streaming things, watching things on YouTube, or maybe just not coming to church at all, because who would know that you weren't here?
Well, I'm asking that question again why church? And last week I talked about one of the reasons, because together we are family and I invited you to reconnect to step back in and today I want to develop that and talk about the body. 1 Corinthians 12:12 -13 says this “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all of its many parts form one body so it is with Christ. For we were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body.”
If you are a follower of Jesus, then this is who we are. We are now one body connected to Jesus who is the head of that body. We cannot escape from one another. We need each other. We can't disown one part of the body and say we don't need it, in the same way that you can't do that with a physical body, we can't do that with the church body. We need one another and we all have different parts to play.
I have four children and each of them is different. Each of them is valued. Two of them have left home. And as a parent, what you do is you invest in your children, not for the purpose of keeping them, but for the purpose of them being found by Jesus and becoming all that they can be. And you do that on the good days and you do it on the tough days.
You see we are a body. Why church? Because together we are a body, the body of Christ. Now the passage in 1 Corinthians goes on and it goes on to say this, "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it." There is a connectedness about being a body.
So I have to be really direct with you and tell you where we're at as a church family, as a church body as a result of the pandemic. One of the things that's been really difficult for us to do well during multiple lockdowns, and it's not that we haven't invested time and energy and resources and people into this, and they've done a great job, but it's been tough. It's to do children's and youth work in a way that really connects with our young people and our young families.
It's been tough. I know it's been tough for the parents, and the families, and for the young people. But as a body, as we come out of lockdown now is the time for us to be investing even more. I know we're in the process of recruiting some people to come and join the team, but this needs to be something for all of us to be doing. This is a core place for us as a body to invest. Why church, because we are a body, the body of Jesus Christ, and that body needs your investment right now. We need you to choose to be present, to re-invest.
Now it might be that you're watching this on DVD and that what you feel that you can offer is your prayer and your encouragement. Wonderful! Please invest. It might be that you can offer yourself some time, some leadership. We need some leadership in these areas to step up, to help with a group, maybe even to run a group. But I'd encourage you in this season, let's not just be in this for ourselves, but let's invest ourselves in the generations that are coming. Let's sow the life of Jesus in them, let's grow disciples together. I don't know whether you've ever seen a child playing on the floor, what you need to do is step down and be with them. Would you be willing to do that. If you would, would you let me know? Would you let one of the team know, because we love to help to get you connected?
Why church? Because together we are a body, the body of Jesus Christ. Amen.