Those who’ve discovered the Adventure Advantage realize that we are part of a team and that team is the Church.
We don’t go it alone. Our local church family is the primary and best vehicle designed and provided by God for us to experience the adventurous Christian life. When the church is on mission and focused on the right things, making God’s mission its primary objective, then every effort and act of service within the church fuels the mission.
That includes changing diapers and caring for infants and toddlers in the nursery, filling communion cups, teaching a children’s Sunday School class, greeting guests at the door, playing an instrument and leading a congregation in worship, setting up or taking down chairs, leading a small group bible study, mowing the church’s lawn, going on a short term missions trip, managing the church’s website, and on and on and on…
Jesus said that even a cup of water given in His name will not go unrewarded. No labor of love is in vain.
Countless small obediences, little acts of service like seeds planted in the ground, take on tremendous potential when added in faith to God’s all-powerful work of taking over the world with his love and grace.
That’s the great thing about the Church.
It’s the fact that your faith, your service, your creativity, your giving are added to everyone else’s and the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Only Heaven can chart the influences, the prayers, the acts of kindness and service, the countless hidden and seemingly insignificant decisions and actions that result in a soul coming to God.
As Paul said, “One plants, another waters, and God provides the increase.” (see 1 Corinthians 3:6-7)
One of the greatest benefits of working and serving God together in the church is the power of a shared vision. Paul said to the Philippians, “make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.” (Philippians 2:2)
When all, or at least most, can see together in their mind’s eye the brightness of their future and the importance of the mission before them, something amazing happens: they become unstoppable.
Faith grows stronger, obstacles grow smaller, plans grow larger, spines grow stiffer.
People laugh more and complain less.
It’s not, “The church did this or isn’t doing that.”
It’s “We did, we can, we will.”
I’m talking about that nearly indescribable feeling you get, and many of you know what I mean, when you’re together and words are almost unnecessary as you can look each other in the eye and know in your gut that with a kind of steely determination you all know why you’re here and why you do what you do.
It’s for God.
It’s our mission.
Church the way it was intended to be.
That’s the Adventure Advantage.