I did not expect to be emotional, but tears were running down my face as we sang in worship on Sunday. It was 9:00 a.m., and we were attending the first ever service at the newly-constructed CCF Center. Many others were wiping their eyes, apparently overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness. I was moved by how God’s hand allowed the building to be established through numerous miracles; I was further filled with so much anticipation of how God will use this place to call people to Him, to make Himself known.
Our pastor reminded us of our bottomline: Obeying the Great Commission as encompassed in Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:18-20.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The CCF Center, therefore, is a mere tool for our continuing obedience.
- It is only a building.
- It is not the church.
WE ARE THE CHURCH, the “ekklesia,” as the word was used in the New Testament — a community of believers who belong to a broader church, the body of Christ, all who have surrendered their lives to Him and have a personal relationship with Him as Lord and Savior. And it is our duty to represent Jesus and bring the message of His love to others, that they, too, may come to the joy of knowing Him.
This building, and all that is to take place here, must serve only this purpose.
May we be found faithful, as He is faithful. May we be good stewards of this building that He has allowed us to put up, and use it only for His glory.