What is the Church for?

We believe in the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints…

Matthew 5:13,14

“You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world.”

Jesus never intended faith in Him to be a purely private and personal matter. He calls us to Him, not only to enjoy eternal life with Him but also to bear witness to Him in front of unbelievers. Becoming a Christian should transform us – and therefore, simply by our very presence, a group of believers should be making a difference to the society they live in. By exhibiting God’s high standards and setting an example of upright holy living, we can prevent (or at least inhibit) the otherwise inevitable process of moral deterioration.

The whole point of a lamp is to give light; in the same way, the Church exists to display God’s glory to all around.Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, so the Church should reflect the true Light of the world. Just as the lights of a city on a hilltop are visible for miles around, so a genuine commitment to Jesus is something that outsiders should notice – and be attracted to (Isaiah 2:2,3).

Are we fulfilling this vital role? Or are we losing our distinctive flavour, allowing our standards of behaviour to slip down to the level of the world around us? Are we embarrassed about what we believe, or are we prepared to base our whole lives upon it? If the Church today seems stagnant and unappealing, it may be our own fault…

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