Build the Church

I work with my hands. Always have.

Growing up in a small family business, there was always work to be done. And I love it. When you build something that people use everyday, there’s an immense feeling of satisfaction. And watching a project take shape and bringing it to completion is so exciting to me. That’s why I came to school. To learn how to build more. To build my skills, my trade, and my faith in Jesus.

So when I got to campus, it was incredible to see all of the different options I had for getting plugged into a ministry. Groups with hundreds of students each week—amazing worship bands—you name it. But there was something missing.

The Church.

Even before I came to campus, God put this deep in my heart. If I’m going to spend four years with thousands of other people my own age, I need the influence of older and wiser folks around me. I need the family of God to help me grow—I need an intergenerational church.

I don’t even know how I knew I needed this, I was just compelled to find it. And the first sunday I drove up to Christ the Redeemer Church. I knew I was home. It was clear as day God wanted me to be part of this church. It was humble in size, and authentic, and they were so welcoming it felt like family. The first Sunday I was there they mentioned their new space was in need of repair and renovation. So I jumped right in!

I helped with roof repairs, mulching, whatever needed to be done. Working a couple times a week on getting the building ready. And the more I worked on the church, the more I talked about it.  And the more I talked about it, the more my friends started showing up on Sundays. They’d come, they’d love it, then they’d bring more friends.

Until one day, we finished the renovations, and I look around and we’ve had to move to three services, because we’ve nearly tripled in size. 

And I realized. As I was helping to build the church, I was helping to build the Church.

Friends, we need the Church. You need the Church. Maybe it doesn’t look exactly like mine, maybe you aren’t the one fixing the roof, but I can tell you—if you aren’t engaged in the family of God—the Church is the missing piece in your life. Why? Because it is through the Church that Christ is redeeming all things to Himself. We are His hands and feet.

Let’s get to work!

You are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. 

—Ephesians 2:19-22