In a well-known verse Jesus said that he did not come to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). In setting that personal example Jesus is telling us that the church is called to serve others beyond themselves. If we are going to be the church then that is what we will do, not because we have to but because we want to as a loving response to how we have been served by Jesus.
We have begun a new journey as a church to learn to do just that. Restoration Tabernacle, a fellowship composed mostly of Africans, will be meeting in our facilities beginning September 1st. By inviting them in we are serving the universal church of Jesus Christ, seeking to build the kingdom of God beyond just our own local fellowship. Furthermore, we are demonstrating to the community of Chelmsford that we are all one in Christ Jesus regardless of background or race. And finally we are honoring Jesus because we are letting his priorities shape us and are not just doing our own thing. This new step of faith fits well with our tagline, “Growing Together for Tomorrow.”
For us here in the Journey Church on the Common this well be a new experience. There will be growing pains. We will need to be constantly communicating with the people of Restoration Tabernacle – listening to their concerns and needs and sharing who we are. We both will learn to compromise in the process, not just thinking about ourselves, but also considering our fellow brothers and sisters. This is what Christian discipleship is all about – learning to love and serve God and learning to love and serve others in real tangible ways.
These are exciting days; God is doing something new in our midst. In Revere I was part of a church that hosted the first Spanish speaking church in the city. It was truly a blessing to both churches and to the city itself. I believe the same will be true here in Chelmsford.