Is, Needs, and Wants: Rediscovering the Church's Life & Ministry

Passage:2 Kings 5:1-14

Preacher: Ben Phillips

Sometimes God takes away the things we want in order that we might more clearly see and know the things we need, but also rediscover who we really are. This is true both for individuals and the church as a community. Our recent air conditioning difficulties have led us to ask questions like what does a church need, and what is a church? Article 19 of the Thirty nine Articles of Religion (BCP, p. 871) defines the visible church as the gathering of the faithful where the Word is preached and the Sacraments rightly administered. If that is what we are, then what is it that we need? And further what are the things we then want as a church?