Generally, all of us act, speak, and think in a particular way due to reasons. I mow my yard for the reason that my grass is long; I do the dishes for the reason that my wife cooked the meal; I pay the water and sewer bill for the reason that I value a shower and flushing the toilet; or, I pick up worms for the reason that I can’t imagine the thought of intentionally seeing them perish! You get the picture—little is done or said in our lives apart from a particular reason. Obviously, our reasons may be not be completely rational, true, or necessarily valid, but nonetheless, they always impact our behavior and words.
This holds true as well with our interaction with the church. This week’s message is based upon Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:18, and will provide us valid reasons and responses to two related questions: “why the church” and “why bother with it.”