During a well-crafted “State of the Church” sermon this past Sunday at Christ Community Church in Franklin, Pastor David Cassidy mentioned the encouraging fact that the assembly is debt-free – its facility and land are all paid for.
Of course, it is a biblical principle that we seek to owe no man anything, and being debt-free gives the church much greater flexibility in making forward-looking investments.
We recently sold our house in New Jersey and moved to a rental here in Tennessee, and for the first time in a long-time, we have no mortgage. And you know what? When we got that final signed paperwork, it felt pretty wonderful!
But that feeling of freedom is only a tiny window into the complete liberation of the church of God. The wonderful fact is, the assembly of saints in Jesus Christ is debt-free in an unspeakably glorious dimension.
Every sin paid for; past, present, and future. All spiritual debts discharged. Debt-free through the free and gracious gift of the God to whom we owed perfect allegiance – but before whom we morally defaulted – living instead for the futile pleasures of sin.
Through the atoning death of Christ, He paid off the debt we could never repay. And that payoff, signed with blood, gives us the liberty to be the freed sons and daughters of God.
Every time I step onto that campus, I want to think about what it truly means to be debt-free. Not owing people or banks any money is a liberating thought. Not owing the God of all creation, despite all of my moral corruption?