We Believe in Christ. We Belong to Christ. We Serve Christ.
Our church is not special. There! I said it. It is a bit jarring, isn’t it?
Realistically, almost everyone thinks of their own church as ‘special’. We like to validate our fellowship, our ministries, our experience at church and our leadership, and so the sense of being ‘special’ certainly puts us near the top of the hill, if not king of the mountain. We suspect we are smarter, better, more worthy than other brethren, even more loved by God. Sometimes we might wonder about those poor brothers and sisters who don’t come to our church but go to other churches—they are missing out on so much—why would they do that? They are welcome to join us and be ‘special’ too.
Our church is not special. There! I said it again.
If there were no Peoples Church, the glory of God would not be diminished and the Kingdom of God would not suffer loss. If there were no Peoples Church, the work of God would not be less, the light of the Gospel would not flicker even once, the truth of God would not quake, the work of God in Lambton County would not fail.
“Oh. Are you sure?”
Peoples Church is not special. God is special, awesome, and magnificent. God is doing, God is working, God is building, and converting, and saving, and sanctifying—and by His grace and mercy He allows us to serve Him and enjoy His grace.
2 Corinthians 4:7 (ESV)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
Moses had to learn he was not special at the waters of Meribah. It is God’s water, and God makes it flow. We hit where God says hit, we speak when God says speak. (Numbers 20:1–13) If we believe we are special, we will tend toward ‘owning God’ or ‘neglecting God’. When we own Him, we have captured Him for ourselves and control Him, and when we neglect Him, we act like we can get along without Him. Both options are demeaning to Him. In our ‘specialness’ we will find we are going down to Egypt for help, or trusting in horses and chariots rather than the Name of the Lord our God!
We are an ordinary church, but we know the extraordinary God! We need Him and are lost without Him, and we are grateful and thankful for His kind benevolence toward us. We are grateful for even scraps from His table.
We are NOT special at Peoples Church. We are weak and dependent, and that is okay because we refuse to try to make a name for ourselves, to touch heaven from the Pinnacle of Peoples. No. Without Jesus we can do nothing. We will lift up His Name alone.
Matthew 8:8–9 (ESV)
But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
Say the Word, Lord, and we are healed.