Greetings In The Name of The Lord:
Acts 1:8 (NLT)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Now that we are in our new building we need to answer the question, “Why are we here?” Having a new church building, and all that it brings, is a wonderful thing, but we need to ask ourselves what is purpose God has for us in this place. Is it just so that we can say, “Hey look at our beautiful new building?” I think not. God never does anything without a reason and purpose, and I think we can all agree that this was definitely God’s doing. So what is God’s purpose for us here? Win Arn, a leading church consultant conducted a survey. He surveyed members of nearly a thousand churches asking the question, “Why does the church exit?? The results? Of the church members surveyed, 89 percent said, “The church’s purpose is to take care of my family’s and my needs.? For many, the role of the pastor is simply to keep the sheep that are already in the “pen” happy and not lose too many of them. Only 11 percent said, “The purpose of the church is to win the world for Jesus Christ.” As Pentecostals we believe that our purpose is to lead people to saving relationship with Jesus Christ. We also believe that God’s purpose in giving us the baptism in the Holy Spirit is so that we can be his witnesses. Therefore, a major part of our purpose in the building, and this neighborhood, is to reach out to people and share with them the love of Jesus in what we do and what we say. Everything that we do should be wrapped up in that main purpose. Is being a witness our only purpose? Of course not, but that’s where it all begins. Are you being a witness?