Several years ago a religious research group conducted a survey asking baby-boomers what they expected to find in a church. The top answers were high quality preaching, good music, social groups, adequate space, parking and clean restrooms.
While all the things listed are important, they are not paramount for the health of a church. The health of a church is measured of course, by good biblical preaching, spirit-filled singing and the wonderful fellowship of believers.
However, one eternal truth was left off the list. An endeavor to reach the community around the church is one of the most important qualities of a church.
It is so easy to think of "us four and no more". The "Great Commission" in many churches has become the "great omission".
Let's remember that God has not called us to sit on the promises while we sing "Standing on the Promises". He has not called us to sit, soak and sour. He has called us to carry the light to our friends, relatives associates and our neighbors.
When was the last time you gave a witness for our Lord? When was the last time you brought someone to church? Let's all enjoy what we have here at C.B.C. But let's remember there are others who need what we have.
I sure do love and appreciate each one of you. Great days lie ahead! Stay faithful!
See ya Sunday!