Pastor's Letter

Dear friends,

Ever wondered what the main purpose of the church really is? Well, the answer will depend on what you mean by “church” – if you’re thinking of the building, the answer is simply: “to provide a meeting place for the church”.

Because the church is of course not a building, it’s the people who meet in the building (or in other places). And the main purpose of the church is given in 1 Peter 2:9: “that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”.

Basically, we’re here to give praise to God. That’s our primary calling, our primary mission in this world. But there are of course different ways of doing this:

Singing our praise and adoration.

Proclaiming the gospel, so that more people may come out of the darkness into his Kingdom of light and life.

Living lives that glorify the Lord by reflecting his love and extending his compassion and justice to suffering people all around us.

It’s obvious that we can’t do this in our own strength – we have to be empowered by the Holy Spirit.

But don’t worry: we the church are God’s people on earth, tasked with doing his will, and he has given all of us the Spirit without measure, so we can live our lives for the glory of God, fulfilling our purpose in this world. So let’s just get on with it!

Blessings,

David

(October 2017)