What does church partnership, or membership, have anything to do with Mr. Potato Head?
The way we see it at Restore, partnership is like a Mr. Potato Head in the sense that, just as the different parts have to go in the right place to complete the toy, different people are placed in the appropriate spots where they belong, ultimately serving one another for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is not like Netflix or a membership at the zoo, where there is no commitment and paying a monthly fee is what keeps your membership. You don’t have to upload the movies and maintain the website, or feed the animals and clean up after them. It is true that the word partnership is not in the bible but it is biblically implied such has the deity of Christ and the Trinity. Israelites had to be circumcised to be a part of the covenant community, and in the similar way church partnership is what brings the body of Christ together under one umbrella. As we saw throughout Scripture, the local church, as an expression of the body of Christ, is a gathered people where discipline is necessary, submission to leadership is essential, and accountability is required. Therefore, these things imply that partnership is biblical and this is why we believe that partnership is an essential matter in the church.
The church is often perceived as a charitable organization or a service provider, where the pastor is a sanctified mechanic that fixes my heart and soul, or a filling station where the tank is filled up with what you want. However, the truth is the members of the body of Christ have a job to do. It’s not just about you receiving but also giving.
Church partnership is not an option, but a mandate! Restore is not the church that everybody needs to be part of. There are plenty of God-fearing churches nearby. This message is to encourage you to be at one of them, and be committed to a body! You can hear the last message on the partnership series by Pastor Clete HERE!
This upcoming Friday (2/20), we will have another Dinner and Dialogue, focusing on evangelizing in the Latino context. This is another great opportunity to learn more about crossing over boundaries for the sake of the gospel! The event will begin at 6:30 pm at The Post Office (2701 Joy Road). Please invite friends and neighbors!
Another reminder, if you have not registered for Plan Midwest, you’ve still got time! It is on February 24 (Tues), 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. You can register for free at http://www.plantmidwest.com/event/2015-q1/ Don’t forget to make sure that you’re registering for DETROIT!