If you study Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John you’ll never find Jesus off mission. He never bends to the wishes of the Pharisees, he never neglects to engage a sinner in need, he even dies to secure the eternal life of the lost.
Our past is redeemed when we depend wholly on Him, seek Him, and seek to serve Him, because of the substitutionary atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ. And the only thing that we can do is to respond appropriately to His offer of salvation. We reject the sinfulness of our past and we start a lifetime race to reach the presence of our Lord and Savior.
Church doesn't just happen while we're sitting in the pews continuing our relationship with God, it also happens while we sit at the table and continue our relationships with one another. No one at our church should feel like a stranger. Not when we have such a bond as the blood of Christ. What unity!
We will rejoice with you in times of rejoicing. We will mourn with you in times of sadness. We will pray for you in times that you need prayer. We want to be the local gathering where you are growing in your relationship with Jesus, and we want to be the local gathering where you find your best friends who are always there for you.
Thus, it seems clear, that every person is our neighbor and to love our neighbors we ought to show them mercy and compassion. When they’re in need, we help them in their need. When they’re dirty, hurt, jostled by life, or living in sin, we are there for them. We help them get clean, we bandage their wounds, we listen to their life-stories, and we constantly point them to Jesus by loving them.
Multiple preachers provides an opportunity for the body to minister to the body. When your pastor says something it’s easy to think, “He has to say that, he’s a pastor.” When a fellow believer preaches something you may more quickly think, “That must be true. It’s coming from a guy who’s just like me.”
Our area is drastically different since our founding over 80 years ago. As the neighborhood has changed over time, what has kept us here? Maybe it would have been easier to locate to a higher income area. Maybe it would have been easier if we moved to a more churched area where poverty, hunger, and drugs weren't the problems facing us daily. We have stayed for a simple reason: we see hope in Poe Mill.