Look past trends and cultural nuances
For the Appeal
What’s so trendy about trendy, other than it’s trendy?
I love Carson City, especially right now, when what is trendy is the restored, old standards. There’s nothing like seeing a sweetly restored ’55 Bel Air or an old gangsta’ car. The question every restorer asks prior to the work is, “Do I want hot rod or original?”
Realistically, even the hot rod starts as an original. The reason that the original church gathered is found, not in the Boss 302 or in the Cutlass 442, but in Acts 2:42: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
“Steadfastly in doctrine” means to learn the Word of God for the glory of God. “Fellowship” is to have things in common and to esteem others higher than yourself.
The breaking of bread is exalting through remembrance of Jesus Christ’s death and burial until His return. Prayers are communication with the Lord, rather than, requests of the Lord.
So, in overview, the church was founded to learn of the Lord, encourage others in the Lord, exalt through remembrance of the Lord, and communication with and to the Lord.
Church is not meant to be an experience of a good feeling for the Christian, though that is the outcome when we gather to exalt and glorify the Lord.
Keep the main thing the main thing. Please go to church for the right reason.
• Pat Propster is pastor of Calvary Chapel -Carson City.