Almost 29 years ago, on June 2, 1985 to be precise, I preached from Revelation 3:7-13 in the very first worship service of the First Colony Church of Christ. We were in the commons area of the Settlers Way Elementary School and we had a wonderful brisket lunch afterwards. My message on that first Sunday was “The Church with an Open Door” because I believed then, and I believe it even more strongly today, that we are a church with an open door of ministry opened by the mighty hand of Jesus Christ, the one who holds the keys to anything worthwhile.
Tonight in our UPLIFT service we will walk through this same text of scripture and look at what Jesus says to a church with an open door. Open doors are not guarantees of smooth sailing – Paul talks about open doors and much opposition in the same breath. Open doors are not something we can create in our own energy, we can only see them by faith and believe that if we are faithful in word and deed that Jesus can open even more doors for us. He holds the keys and the greatness of Jesus Christ is our motivation and security.
I hope you’ll be here tonight for this look at open doors. You have them. We have them as a church.
In a day where people are prone to say, “I’m into Jesus but not the church” it’s important for us to note that Jesus loves the church and uses the church to accomplish his mission on earth. Yes, it’s far easier to want to skip from a perfect savior to a perfect heaven and bypass an imperfect church. But Jesus declares that it’s through an imperfect church, like us, that God’s eternal purposes are proclaimed to both the visible and invisible worlds. Jesus gives open doors of ministry through flawed people like us so that we might declare the wonderful message of grace.
I hope to see you tonight in our UPLIFT service.
All God’s very best to you,