Passages: Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Peter 2:9, Hebrews 10:23-25
One of the things my late pastor and mentor, Manny Ortiz, used to say was that the church exists for the world. It doesn't exist merely to care for itself and create a healthy spiritual environment for its own people (though that is certainly part of its role) - rather, it exists to be at the center of God's movement to bring His blessings, healing, and justice (i.e. his kingdom) to our world.
When the church is tapped into this mission, it becomes part of something much bigger than itself - something that draws it beyond its own internal conversations and fills it with life and purpose. When the church forgets its mission, it can start to become ingrown, unhealthy, and uninspired.
During the season of Lent, as we continue to meditate on realignment, this sermon engages what it would look like to realign our individuals lives - and the lives of our local church communities - with God's amazing mission to the world.
I hope this is helpful. Blessings to you all.