WHYCHURCHThe gospel message quickly spread all over the world, Paul and his crew were preaching the message boldly and passionately, people were being saved and coming into the church. However, such an influx of Gentiles brought about a mess with them. Church got messy for the Jews. Some of them said:

“Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved” (Acts 15:1).

What they were saying is: Church is for church people. This way of thinking continues to exists nowadays.

“It’s a shame that so many churches are married to a designed-by-Christians-for-Christians-only culture. A culture in which they talk about the Great Commission, sing songs about the Great Commission, but refuse to reorganize their churches around the Great Commission. These are often the same churches where members talk about grace, sing about how “amazing” it is, but create graceless cultures where only those who play by the rules feel welcomed.” Andy Stanley

Paul and his crew came to Jerusalem to talk to the leaders of the church about the whole situation and after a heated discussion, James, brother of Jesus concluded:

It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. (Acts 15:19)

“the church under your care continues to function as a gathering of people in process; a place where the curious, the unconvinced, the skeptical, the used-to-believe, and the broken, as well as the committed, informed, and sold-out come together around Peter’s declaration that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Deep and Wide)

We live in times where communication is a challenge. People come to church with a consumeristic mindset. We will not make it hard for them to attend. We will meet them where they are so that they can hear the life changing message of the gospel of Jesus!

Our vision is to be a place where unchurched people love to attend and for members to love to serve!

So every Saturday our prayerful goal should be for our first time guests to make the decision to come back based on their whole experience at our church. However, our long term and most important desire is to see people giving their lives to Jesus Christ and become completely – devoted disciples of Jesus who make disciples.

A lot of people say: What about me? I am not being fed…

Church is not an aquarium. We are called to be fishers of men not keepers of the aquarium.

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