Jesus Christ didn’t die on the cross for church budgets, church programs, church attendance figures, offering plates or stained glass windows. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for acreage, square footage or parking-lot size.
Jesus died on the cross for people! It was the value that God places on people which drove Jesus to the cross and which kept him there through all the pain and suffering that was involved.
One of the biggest objections to Christianity among those in our secular world is the way they feel the church treats people. Secular people generally feel that we treat people like expendable resources – which means that we’re only interested in what we can get from people. This explains why the most common objection to the church is: “The church is always asking for money!” This is just another way of people saying, “All the church is interested in is what it can get out of me.”
At McLean Bible Church, we are committed to being the kind of church that removes this objection by valuing and serving people. Our goal is not to see how much we can get from people but to see how much we can give to people. We don’t always get this perfect. No matter how hard we try, sometimes we hurt people and fail them. But when we do fail, we are authentically committed to accepting the responsibility for our failure, to asking people to forgive us, to making things right as best we can and to figuring out ways to do it in the future so that we don’t repeat our failures.