Optimal

Optimal: an adjective meaning the best or most favorable. I like that word for several reasons. First, it speaks of being productive, not wasting time. Second, it speaks of making the greatest impact. And third, I like the word, “optimal,” because it sets a high bar.

This summer we rolled out a revised and refreshed vision: Learn the gospel, Love the gospel, Live the gospel. Question: Is there an optimal time, setting and opportunity to learn the gospel, love the gospel, and live the gospel? Well, first let me say that I believe anytime is a good time to learn the gospel, love the gospel, live the gospel. There isn’t a bad time.

But the question is, “Is there an optimal time, setting and opportunity to implement the vision into our lives? I think there is. I want to propose for your consideration that Sunday School provides the optimal time, the optimal setting and the optimal opportunity for people to learn the gospel, love the gospel, live the gospel.

Remember, the gospel is God’s plan to reconcile sinners to Himself for His glory and their good. The gospel has four parts: 1) Who is God? 3) Who is man? 3) Who is Christ? and 4) What is your response?

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS THE OPTIMAL TIME TO LEARN THE GOSPEL BECAUSE

  • The entire family is involved, which means every age group is taken care of and has a place to learn.
  • People are primed to learn. It isn’t called Sunday “School” by accident. Sunday School by its nature is a leaning environment.
  • The Word of God is opened and people take in the Word.

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS THE OPTIMAL SETTING TO LOVE THE GOSPEL

  • People are not in Sunday School because they have to be, but because they want to be.
  • Sunday School provides a setting for people to share how God’s Word has impacted them throughout the week.

SUNDAY SCHOOL IS OPTIMAL OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE THE GOSPEL

  • People have opportunity to serve one another.
  • People have opportunity to show the love of God to the lost world.
  • Sunday School provides an opportunity to invite lost folks to hear the gospel.

If you are not involved in a Sunday School class, you are missing out on one of the most optimal times for spiritual growth. There’s a place for you and your entire family on Sunday mornings after the worship service.

If you need help finding a class contact Pastor David or the church office (615) 886-1856.

Church App, Blog and So Much More

Hmm? I don’t think Jesus had a church app or wrote blog posts. Neither did He have a computer, iPad or cell phone. But He was interested in connecting with people.

I’ve not been an early adopter of fancy electronics gadgets or electronic tools. But I am interested in connecting with people.

We are in the process of rolling out our very own church app. Some of you are wondering, “What in the world is a church app and what does it do?” Well, let me simplify it for you, a church app is merely a tool to help you and me connect with people and ministry opportunities/resources in the church. That’s it, plain and simple.

The church app can never replace the relationships we have with each other. That’s not its purpose. It’s purpose is to connect people within the church. It helps us in developing relationships with new people and to nurture the established relationships we already have.

The church app can never take the place of us doing ministry. That’s not its purpose. It’s purpose is to connect people to ministry opportunities.

The church app can never preach a sermon. That’s not its purpose. It’s purpose is to connect people to sermons that have already been preached.

One other feature the church app has is a place for me to write a weekly blog. (Don’t ask me why it’s called a blog. I don’t know and I’m not sure I want to know.) A blog, from my limited knowledge, is merely a place where I can share my thoughts. It’s a place to give some “air time” to what’s important and what’s happening in the world at large and in the world of Tulip Grove family.

Not that it matters much, but I’m calling my weekly blog: EVER THE PREACHER.

There’s so much more the church app will allow us to do. We have a lot to learn, but always remember, the purpose for the church app is to connect us to each other and to ministry opportunities. The church app is merely a tool to help us LEARN the Gospel, LOVE the Gospel, and LIVE the Gospel.

So, here’s the question (but please don’t spend a lot of time ruminating on it): If Jesus’ earthly ministry had occurred today, would He have His own app, His own blog post? Would he be carrying around a cell phone?

I don’t know. He may have or He may not have. I do know this, nothing would have deterred Him from connecting with people. May nothing deter us from this central task as well.