It is not a walk that we take on our own. It is a walk that Christians do together, bearing one another’s burdens and sharing one another’s highs and lows. From the earliest days, the church served as a counter cultural force and community, a haven for those who were harmed by a fallen world. In many ways, the church has wandered from this calling. We seek to restore our role as gospel centered community for the glory of Christ.
When we talk about inviting others, we are not just inviting people to come to church or to an event. We are inviting people to enter into a deep and lasting relationship with the very One who created them. It is an invitation to address their biggest issue by repenting of their sins and beginning a life-long walk with Jesus. It is an invitation to meet and experience the great God of the universe and to enter into a relationship with Him.
However, it is not enough to simply walk together if the destination isn’t worth pursuing. In the case of the church, the goal is completely worth pursuing because our goal is the one who saves us. As the Apostle Paul says, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” This should be the heartbeat of every Christian and every church – walking together to follow Christ. Because we believe that Jesus is a treasure worth seeking, He is a treasure worth following by how we live every day of our lives.