The care of the property here at Southside is the responsibility of everyone. This building has been here for many years and will serve for many years in the future, helping to save souls and change lives. But this can only happen if we all strive to care for this facility. One example of taking care of church property is seen in the way we treat the hymnals and Bibles in the auditorium. These books serve in a great capacity to help us to teach and admonish one another in song (Colossians 3:19). They also help us to read along with God’s word that is able to save our souls (James 1:21). As Christians we are the church, the body of the saved (1 Corinthians 12:27; Colossians 1:18) but we have a responsibility to take care of the place where we meet.
Josiah saw the need to take care of the temple (2 Kings 22 and 23). The temple was in disrepair and needed attention. Josiah took it upon himself to fix those areas that were damaged. We should be striving to look after our building and its contents. Though the building itself has no spiritual significance as the temple did, the building is the result of the hard work of men of the past for future generations.
Having this building helps in the work of saving the lost and keeping the saved, saved. That is the essence of the great commission: Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
This building, the song books, the Bibles, and many other items in this building are our responsibility. For parents, this means this responsibility extends past yourselves. Parents must be watching and teaching children to respect and care for the things provided here at Southside. We should take care of this building as if it were our own because it is! This is our church building; where we meet to worship God.