• Nige Burr

Leaders - Focus on Christ for the People's Sake. #1

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

A friend of mine has just completed building a church. In fact, of course, many people took a long time to build it. Go and visit if you’re in Bristol UK. It’s called Crofts End. Because it’s so well designed and beautiful it’s perfect for the community around it.

Yet anyone who knows their Bible will tell us the church is NOT the building, it’s the people. And this is perfectly true. The people who built the Crofts End building, built the building to accommodate the church, the people. Leaders, don’t get out of step with your calling. The joy and celebration of being church is eternally more important than any bricks, mortar, glass or iron-work of the architecture, no matter how beautiful it is. Pastor Andrew of Crofts End has always had a heart for people, and it is this passion that drives him and the vision forward.

Jesus spoke bluntly to the Apostle Peter when he said, “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it!” (Mat 16.18 NIV) ‘Peter’ means rock. Peter was a person. The building material (or rocks) of the church are the people. That makes Jesus the builder using those people to be His church.

Leaders we are told to focus on Jesus. Why? For the people’s sake! In his book Issues Facing Christians Today John Stott speaking to leaders says, “God means you to be fulfilled not frustrated. His purpose is that everything you have and are should be stretched in his service and in the service of others.” Leaders teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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