I started a new devotional book today, it’s called “Climbing with Abraham” by David Ramos. (by the way, I got it on my kindle through Bookbub FREE). The first devotional starts out by saying that most of the time, in the Bible, a person is first described by listing where they came from, who their parents were, etc.. The author says this is to show that their story begins long before they do.
The same is true of our churches. They have a story that began before we were members (at least most of the time). So when we join a church, we become part of a bigger story. As an adult I have been a member of two churches. The first was a mission congregation and although I was not a charter member, it was a “young” church. I got to be a church builder. I was there through more than 25 years and three locations. It was started by a small group of Midwesterners who wanted a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, and there were none in the area. My current congregation is “old”…. we just celebrated our 190th anniversary. It was started by German farmers who just wanted a Lutheran church in their community. In this congregation, I am maintaining a legacy.
My first congregation has grown and changed since my husband and I were called to St. Paul’s. A time will come when we leave St. Paul’s as well. We’re only a link in the chain that has kept these churches going. We will have spiritual descendants who will do the same.
So what’s your church’s story? What ‘s your role? Isn’t it exciting to be part of God’s plan? Send us your thoughts and comments.