My favorite place to shop is the grocery store. When Lee and I first visited Wegmans grocery I thought I had died and gone to heaven. What a store! I heard folks in the area talk about the store but I couldn’t appreciate their comments until I visited the store. Once in the store, I realized quickly all the positive hype over this grocery heaven. First, employees on the floor were making the food displays pleasing to the eye. All the items were carefully organized to motivate the customer to walk over to investigate the displayed food. Second, when we asked for help, the floor employee left his station to direct us to our food inquiry. Another two employees explained their product in detail. This aided us in the brand and quantity of our purchase. Finally, the checkout attendee was friendly and asked if we found everything we wanted. Yes, it was a great experience.
While driving home I reflected on the experience and compared it to what people experience at ABC. Do people leave ABC saying, Wow! What a church! Like Wegmans’ employees, are we friendly to everyone, is the product (the Word of God and Music) presented to satisfy the spiritual appetite. Whether in Sunday School, worship, or other group meetings, do we contribute in making our facilities pleasing and presentable, and are we knowledgeable about the church? Let’s examine how we can make ABC a place where everyone will say, Wow, what a place!
1. Every member comes Sundays as a friendly person. We don’t come just to see the people we know, but to introduce ourselves to those we don’t know very well. There is someone here on Sunday’s who need to hear a kind and encouraging word, a pat on the back, or who just need to know that somebody cares about them. Everyone can be friendly.
2. I strive to serve a nourishing spiritual meal during worship through preaching and singing. Worship is the main course on the church menu because it is the main idea throughout Scripture. Worship trumps ministry. Second, if you are a Sunday School teacher or AWANA, or another type of teacher, you come prepared to serve your students through your teaching of a Biblical lesson.
3. Do we contribute to the welfare of ABC? Facilities, salaries, ministries are fulfilled through your generosity. Christians are mandated by Scripture to give cheerfully and generously (II Corth. 9:6-8). This allows the kingdom of God to advance through His church. Christians are disobedient when they are conditional givers. The only reason not to give is if the teaching is heretical and there is immoral behavior that is not addressed. We are to give unconditionally just as Jesus loves us unconditional.
4. How can we become knowledgeable about our church? First, you can take the Discovering Amissville Baptist Course. The class will be offered again. Second, know your new Constitution and Bylaws. Third, attend Ministry Rallies and Member Ministry Meetings. Fourth, and probably most important, serve in some capacity. You are biblically exhorted to exercise your giftedness that has been given you through the Holy Spirit (I Corth. 12:11).
5. Are we a unified church (Ephesians 4, John 17)? Unity in the body of Christ is a key in evangelism. People want a church that is unified, loving, and preaches truth. I praise the Lord for the unity in ABC. I am thankful that we have moved forward together through the many changes. You have been a joy to walk and serve with.
If we strive in these areas, I believe everyone will leave ABC on a Sunday morning saying, Wow, What a church!
Grace to You,