Today, humans have acquired more knowledge than any other time in history. Science and medicine are going places never before imagined. We have bigger jets and cruise liners, faster computers, and helpful drugs for certain diseases are being discovered every day. Daniel envisioned a time when knowledge would increase (Daniel 12:4). We have much evidence today of our successes in these and many other areas. We have improved on just about every area of life.
Personal or national tragedy seems to cause a major shift in people’s assessment of the church. It is a time when people flock to churches in droves. There is just something about churches that society finds in times of tragedy and hardship. This always fascinates us because the media and public embrace church or (the idea of the church) during a time of crisis, but in times of peace and prosperity, the church seems to become irrelevant again. The church keeps people grounded, flushing out the burden of life by providing the bedrock of faith and answers to humanity’s deepest needs.
Churches are a public service to the surrounding communities. They provide just about everything.
Upon learning the close proximity of our church and the services we offer, some people are always delighted to use our assistance, whether it is in the form our food pantry or immigration and free legal clinics, community seminars on health, finance, or emergency preparation. Making a difference in people’s everyday lives will benefit the believer as well as the community. When the church is rooted deeply in its community, and its membership is operating as public servants, the church will affect the lives of the people and the believers will fulfil the Messiah’s mission on earth.
Reading from the book of Isaiah in the Torah, He read our mission statement, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18). The basic function of the church is to be involved in every facet of the life of the believer. Holding true to this mission, Christ looked at the needs of the people, provided it, and then begun to preach out the good deeds.