"Discover, Care, Believe"
I heard this phrase as part of an advertisement for a medical research institute the other day. It made me stop and think. Would these words be a good description of what happens in our worship services?
Or maybe the words should be in a different order? Believe, Discover, Care…. Or Care, Discover, Believe…
Maybe it depends on how the person has arrived at attending worship. Maybe you were a child who attended worship regularly and you have believed all your life. Maybe you are a person who came to worship later in life, maybe because of a relationship with someone who was a church attender. Maybe you have come to worship after a life-changing event in your life and your realization that you need worship on a deep level. Or maybe you have a different story to tell.
Do we “believe” first through our baptism and the work of the Holy Spirit? And in that “believing,” “discover” who we are as children of God in need of His mercy and grace, and out of that flows our “caring” for His other children?
Do we “discover” our need of a Savior and in that discovering begin the road to “believing” and “caring?”
Does our “believing” grow deeper as we “discover” more about the love of God and know of his deep “caring” for us and then show that caring to others?
Each one of us has a different experience of how we come to worship services. While being part of each worship service we attend, may each of us find a valued experience of discovering, caring, and believing.
Of course, believing is not limited to worship service time. Nor does caring occur only in worship. And as Pastor Saylor reminds us, one can discover more by reading God’s Word on a regular basis.
Perhaps “Discover, Care, Believe” could be our personal goal and our wish for others.
Something to ponder….
John 6:68-69 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”