Part II of Redefine “religion” with your life. The post that preceded this one has very strong implications on how we as the church relate to our communities. In these initial stages of starting a church the ideas in that post have become very important to me. Our Sunday mornings or whenever we decide to have our gatherings are an extremely important part of our mission but they are not everything. It is the age old argument of calling them to us and going out to them but it is actually much more then that.
Going out to them is not just about our supernatural impact in the community but also our natural impact. God has called us to preach the gospel but He has also called us to care for the widow and the orphan, the sick and the imprisoned, the cold and the hungry. We are called to meet those inner spiritual needs as well as the outer natural needs. What this means is that the church can not rely on calling the crowd without taking up a cause for its community.
This is the journey LifePoint is on. Over the next couple of months we will be evaluating the greatest needs in Cleveland, Tennessee and determining what we can do to meet those needs in some way. Our goal is to make this need so much of a passion for LifePoint and those who call LifePoint their home. What has your church taken up as a cause for their community?