A church for all people
Our church is the Christian Family Centre in Alice Springs; the heart of our great nation of Australia. Our mission is A church for all people; demonstrating God’s love for Central Australia.
We had a very special service on Sunday.
They are always special as we have a minimum of six different cultures in our worship service every Sunday. But last Sunday was most special. We had over a dozen cultures attending and then we had four different languages used to sing, pray, worship, and also encourage people in attendance: Pitjantjatjara, Walpiri, English, and Ngaanyatjarra.
This is a common occurrence for us. But to see people of different backgrounds join together in one voice and one heart to worship our Creator God is something that is very dear to me. To join with people from different parts of Central Australia, and different corners of the globe, is a highlight and a privilege for me. To get to know just a bit of different cultures, to discover what some people hold dear, and what others will not talk about, to hear and see how people worship God Almighty in their own expression from their heart. It is precious to us, and, I believe, precious in God’s eyes also.
This is what we do. And we love it.
I wonder how you cope with people that are different from you?
Different colour, different language, different diet, different smells, different values…
It can be very difficult for some people.
For the Christian however, worshipping and being in community with people who might be different from us should be the norm. Once we are in Christ, there are no boundaries of class or culture to make one person higher than another. In the Christian Bible, Colossians 3:11 [NIV], it says that (in Christ) ‘there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all’. Here is the new benchmark set for those who follow Jesus Christ; though it’s not that new.
Worshipping with someone is not about how comfortable you are, but rather ‘where does God want you to be?’. Personally, I have found being a Christian to be quite un-comfortable at times, with God requiring of me to live by His standards and walk the path He has prepared for me rather than living life according to my whims and desires.
But it is a choice.
Do I choose to let God impact my life through His Holy Spirit as I attend church, or do I choose to go to church just because ‘that is what I am supposed to do’?
Going to church is a great start, don’t get me wrong. To invest your time into meeting with fellow Christians is a great start. To start or grow relationships, to get to know people on a whole new level, to walk in obedience with our heavenly Father; this is of vital importance.
But the next step is possibly the most beautiful challenge the Believer has; to become part of the family.
To move past being an attendee, to being family and being an active part of building God’s Church.
The following part of the Bible says this: (Colossians 3 verse 12) Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
We have the choice in what we wear.
Will we choose to put on what we normally wear?
Or will we choose to be clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience as we meet together.
To wear these ‘clothes’ might be compared to wearing an itchy under-garment; they are not always comfortable.
But as we choose to be clothed with these virtues, and walk this path, they will (possibly slowly) become more natural to for us to wear.
These clothes will also affect our vision towards those we rub shoulders with. These people will no longer be ‘others’, but become brothers and sisters. As we allow this to take place, we become even richer as we walk in relationship with those God has put in our lives.
So may I encourage you?
May I encourage you to become an active part of your church family, wherever you may be?
I believe that you are there for a reason; to build what God is doing:
When we meet together, no matter where we are, we really are a church for all people.
And that is God’s intention for all of us.
Let’s be active in our church life and impact this world for Jesus Christ.