A HEALTHY CHURCH… is built by Christ, on Christ

Happy 2019 Tabernacle Baptist Church, what an eventful 2018 it has been! I never could have imagined the adjustments we would be facing, yet here we are; continuing full speed for our Lord through the end of 2018 and now looking ahead to what God will do in 2019. I am looking forward to writing these articles for the next few months.

As we are working through this transition, a few thoughts have been lingering in my mind:

First, I think it is very interesting how God held his bride; the church; US; together. I don’t know about you, but there were some very real ponderings in my mind. Would we hold together? Would we dwindle down? Would things as we knew them continue, or essentially stop over a few months time?

Secondly, I think it is interesting how we bonded together over a common goal; and that goal was not simply to “keep the gears of this church machine running”. No, the goal seemed much deeper as we chatted, discussed, pondered, laughed, and exchanged ideas over the next several months. We were passionate to see God reach the lost through us, and all of our teaming up together was for that common goal.

Because of those two thoughts, one Bible passage in particular has been in my mind where Jesus said in Matthew 16:18,  “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Or in our modern vernacular, “I will build my Church with myself as the foundation, and hell itself can’t stop me.” That is fascinating. Downright mind-blowing actually. Part of me wonders what on earth Jesus was talking about? We are living in the San Francisco Bay Area, not hardly the friendliest area to our Savior Jesus and us his Church. Yet on the other hand, I feel that there are elements of this passage coming true right before our eyes at Tabernacle Baptist.

The passage seems to pivot on us as a Church family being grounded and focused on Christ and his mission. If we are not grounded in Christ and have devolved into simply a “Christian social club”, Jesus’ promise of “hell itself can’t stop me” no longer applies. He said it Himself in Luke 19 that he “…is come to seek and to save that which was lost”, and in Mark 2 “…I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” The Bible says many things, but if you had to boil it all down, you would have to say the Bible is a story of redemption. From cover to cover, God is making a way for us to come to Him.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but if we as Tabernacle Baptist Church family put all of our energy into keeping Christ as our foundation, and eliminating things that don’t point us in that direction, He promised that hell itself can’t stop TBC from being effective.

I don’t know about you, but I really like promises like that 🙂  

Happy 2019 Tabernacle Baptist!