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A RESCUE SHOP

Luis Palau made a colorful observation about the primary mission of the church with these words, “The church is like manure.  Pile it up, and it stinks up the neighborhood; spread it out, and it enriches the world.”  Jesus still intends for His church to spread the gospel and thus enrich the world.  The Lord’s parting comand should constantly ring in the ears of every elder, preacher, and Christian, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16: 15-16).  The prayers and purposes and plans of local congregations should always be guided by the primary goal of spreading the gospel and saving the lost.  In Luke 19: 10, Jesus said about Himself, “...for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Though the devil tried constantly to deter Him, Jesus refused to be distracted from His central and consuming mission, and “gave Himself to rescue us from the present evil age” (Galatians 1:4 niv).  Jesus was focused and determined and intense in His efforts to rescue a lost, condemned world.

C. T. Studd is credited with the following words, “Some want to live within the sound of church and chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”  A rescue shop.  That’s a pretty good metaphor for teh church of Christ.  Or at least it should be.  The church of the Lord is not primarily about bigness or buildings or budgets.  It is not primarily about carpet and comfort and convenience.  It is not primarily about potlucks and programs and preachers and recliner pews, nor is it about what we want in singing and sermons.  The church that follows Christ is about seeking and rescuing the lost from hell.

A. J. Gordon warns that churches can die, “Ecclesiastical corpses lie all about us.  The caskets in which they repose are lined with satin, and are decorated with flowers.  Like other caskets, they are just large enough for their own occupants with no room for converts.  These churches have died of respectability and have been embalmed in self-complacency.  If, by the grace of God, our church is alive, be warned of our opportunity or the feet of them that buried their sisters will be at the door to carry thee out.”  Praise be to God, Jesus has rescued us from sin.  Churches that are not rescuing the lost are in need of rescue themselves.  Is our congregation mission-minded, or are we still a mission field?

Dan Gulley
Smithville Church of Christ