Earlier today our Brother Mark Johnson posted to our facebook page the question “Is a church a church when it rarely reaches out? It is a good and profound question to which I responded. Read both his question and my response below:
Brother Mark’s Question –
Is a church a church when it rarely reaches out? Is a church a church when it always seems to look within? Jesus Christ is not just loving talk. He is loving action. There is so much available for us to do . . . so much that is needed for us to do. Everything is out there, Meals on Wheels, Mentoring students in school, Emmaus, Hospice, Kairos, helping our neighbors in need, spreading the Good News, visiting the elderly at home or in care facilities, visiting the sick in hospitals. Find an hour a week to help a neighbor. Put Christ into action by doing a good deed for someone else. Blessings to all.
Brother Thom’s Response –
The reality is that a church without a ministry of true outreach is little more than a place of social gathering. I don’t say that to condemn religious organizations who are not active in discipleship, but more so as a Biblical reality. Mark 16:15 says “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
How do we accomplish Mark 16:15, it takes effort. We can’t stay within in the confines of the church and wait for people to come to us. We have to go into the mission field. We have to reach out to people, and ministries are a huge part of how we accomplish that.
At Moyock Christian Fellowship, we believe outreach ministries allow us to be the hands and feet of God in reaching out to our diverse communities. Through new and emerging partnerships with religious organizations around the world, we have been able to expand our reach and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At home in Moyock and the Hampton Roads area, our involvement and participation in Kairos Prison Ministries and the Walk to Emmaus Ministries allow us to have one on one contact with others who are either coming to the Lord or are looking to enrich their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Mark and I just returned from another four day weekend with our Emmaus brothers where we were blessed as much as the Pilgrims on the Walk.
Mark is preparing for another Kairos weekend where his mentorship and Christ like action will undoubtedly bring others to Christ. We just recently were Blessed to build a handicap accessible ramp in which Moyock Christian Fellowship teamed up with Moyock Baptist Church. We were able to meet a need in our community, while building a bond with another congregation walking with Christ. Over 230 members of our community reached out to us on social media that they had been touched by this outreach projects impact on the life of this wonderful lady.
Let me be clear that I don’t share the above accomplishments to glorify our human actions, but do so to glorify God’s work thru us. Walking with Christ is far more than walking from the pastors office to the pulpit, it is demonstrating Christ like action outside the confines of our brick and mortar churches and touching the lives of those around us.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13