Why Church?
When faith was a certainty, the church spent most of its time answering the question: How?  How do we exercise our faith?  How do we behave?  How do we believe the correct things and practice them in the correct way?  Our divergent answers to these questions created the variety of faith practices we call denominations and traditions.  In a world where faith is not certain, we must answer a different question: Why?  Why choose faith?  Why choose to believe in Jesus?  Why choose to be a part of something called a church?  Why does any of this matter to me in the post-modern world?

We need to be able to answer these questions for ourselves and share those answers with others.  As The Scripture teaches us in I Peter 3:15, we are to “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  Beginning in January, we are going to explore answers to these questions.  From the beginning of the year through Easter, we will consider this question “Why Jesus?”  Why choose faith in Jesus?  This will not be an exploration of apologetics (a systematic defense of faith); instead, we will consider our own experiences with Jesus in an effort to make faith in Jesus a viable choice for others.  Then from Easter until Pentecost, we will take a similar approach to the question, “Why Church?”  Why choose to live our lives through a faithful community?

These may seem like simple questions with obvious answers to us.  Yet, for our friends and neighbors for whom faith is something less than certain, these questions are important for us to answer.