The Church as a Hospital
2 Corinthians 5:16-:21
But you know, not every church you see is a place where we can get help. Sometimes churches are no more than a Country-Club, unable to help folks. The only way a church can help today is for God to work through the church.
The word RECONCILE means to restore.
RESTORE: To bring back to a former condition.
God has called THE CHURCH into The Ministry of Reconciliation. This is not a ministry for certain denominations, but a ministry that God is calling THE CHURCH into.
Man because of SIN is in a fallen condition. Unless things change, man will eventually die and go to a burning hell.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Jesus Christ died on the cross so that man could be reconciled back to God. Man was created to LOVE GOD, to have a RELATIONSHIP with God. Without this RELATIONSHIP, man is LOST.
So God calls the CHURCH to be in the RECONCILIATION BUSINESS!! Folks may say that just isn’t my calling, it is the calling of THE CHURCH!!
The church is a Hospital for the SICK, THE WOUNDED.THE BROKEN, THE DYING.
We have all experienced receiving a gift from a friend from some store: it doesn’t fit, it is the wrong color or it doesn’t work. Today it is so easy to just head to the store and take it to the SERVICE desk. Pitch it up on the desk and say here, it doesn’t work, it is broke, or I don’t like it, please fix it.