That's a great question you rarely hear asked aloud… There are plenty of other things to occupy your life with, right? Why add more to the already frantic pace? How will church add anything to my life?
A God shaped hole
If we are truly honest most of us would admit that “something” is missing in our lives and that “something” is spiritual. There's a part of us that needs more than the stuff of this life. Erwin McManus in his book “Soul Cravings”, says it this way: “There are cravings within me, though, that pull on me like an addiction. They have always been with me and have even at times tormented me. Beyond my flesh, beyond my mind, beyond my heart, there seems to be a place where my deepest and most powerful cravings lie. And they do not lie silently… I’ve tried so many things, certain they would satisfy my soul but they never did.”
Decades earlier French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal put his finger on the same “soul craving” that Mcmanus addresses. In his book, The Penses we read,“What is it then that this desire and this inability proclaim to us, but that there was once in man a true happiness of which there now remain to him only the mark and empty trace, which he in vain tries to fill from all his surroundings, seeking from things absent the help he does not obtain in things present? But these are all inadequate, because the infinite abyss can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only by God Himself.”
As a church we exist to help people on the path to find their way back to that “immutable object” God Himself. And we’re hoping that a growing number of people will find their own “soul craving” strong enough to motivate them to, not only get out of bed and come to church on Sunday mornings, but to seek the God who has been seeking them.
The Hope of the World
Another reason is that we believe we were called to do more than live for ourselves. Together, moving forward with grace and compassion, we are able to see not only our own lives made better but we can also better the lives of those around us. Each week marriages are saved, lives are changed, and our neighborhoods and communities are becoming better places to live as we join arms to make a difference.
You too, were created to do more than take up real estate and suck up air -- your greatest joy lies in discovering God's purpose for your life and in joining others to give back to one another. This is God's greatest dream for the church and when she is healthy and operates the way God intended, we believe that the local church can be the hope of the world.