If we aren't helping, what's the point?

In Matthew 25:34-40 Jesus is teaching about the "Final Judgement".  

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

If we aren't doing this, what is the point of the presence of the church in the world?  Seriously think about it?  The world doesn't need another club to gather and talk about the hebrew or greek definitions of the word "Love".  The world needs courageous warriors who are willing to take the love that has been given to them and share it freely in the dark places of this world !  This is what it means to BE THE CHURCH!  

Jesus tells Peter earlier in Matthew:   And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.     Matthew 16:18

He's responding to Peter's declaration that Jesus is the one who gives HOPE to the HOPELESS>  HE IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORD!  So where does that apply? The gates of hell? Gates always represent a defensive posture. Designed to keep things OUT.  For that to make any sense, this means that the purpose of any church that Jesus builds is to go on the offense and take the love of Jesus beyond the gates, in to the places where darkness reigns and be the light of the world.  To show value to those who feel worthless, to give hope to the hopeless and a helping hand to those who are in need!   If we aren't doing that as a church, we should just close the doors and give all of our assets to a church who is.

We exist to love:  Everything Jesus teaches is about love.  Sacrificial, uncomfortable, active... love

  • Home for Good Oregon - We partner with the Oregon Department of Corrections to provide transitional help to men and women who have decided and made steps while in prison, to transition to being an contributing member of society.  The Corvallis Church Ministry Team is trained and approved to go in to the prisons and come along side and help guide people back to community.  
  • Pacific NW Teen Challenge is the most effective addiction recovery program known to man.  Corvallis Church not only supports many clients, we are engaged in weekly mentoring and friendship in lives of clients to guide them to wholeness and hope.
  • The CEA:  The CEA is a church planting catalyst in the Pacific NW.  We support the CEA financially as well as serving to help manage and oversee new church plants.