This is a difficult time. Difficult times do not mean that Kingdom Work is on hold. In fact, The act of being a disciple is all the more important right now as this is the kind of world the Christian is called to act in ways that are specifically Christ like. We are not destined to be self-serving, and as such, we must think in ways that are kingdom-minded, and not solely on how to help our own plights. So after a few weeks of “staying in”, here are some ways you can begin to act with the mind of Christ.
Category: The Church
This is no time for the Christian to cower in fear. I’m not saying be foolish and not worry about how sickness might affect others. I’m saying be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit wants from you as you navigate the troubled waters of this pandemic. Be strong and courageous, God has something for you to do in the midst of all this. If you can’t live out your faith now, then maybe it’s not worth living it out.
The apostles, however, staunchly claimed Jesus as Lord and maintained this as the bedrock of their faith. Throughout the last 2000 years, followers of Jesus repeat this mantra and it stands as the unifying cry of the body of Christ as a whole. No matter the denomination or the people group or the style of Christianity, a church or group cannot call themselves Christian if they don’t profess that Jesus is their Lord.
e moved on, I longed for more. Not more money or fame or influence, but more people. I wanted more people to connect and view Fellowship as a part of their family. I wanted more people to fill the seats and worship Jesus. And I wanted more people to join the fun I was generally having almost every day of my life
I’m sitting in my office right now, pondering John 1:6-14. “And we have seen his glory, the Glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” I’ve had a few conversation today, worked on some admin work, and prepared for a group of students I’ll be meeting with tomorrow night. In the midst of all that, the song “Waymaker” by Leeland pops onto my Amazon Echo, and I’m changed. I start to worship in my office, not caring if anyone from the one or two groups meeting around me, hear me or see me should they pass my windowed door.
Apparently a young 20 something from California who migrated to Columbus with his wife wrote a handful of songs he wanted to share with a few of his friends from church. Henry is painfully shy, yet looks like a rock star (my first impression) but he went to friends, including one of my best friends in high school, and asked if he could perform some of those songs for them. At the same time, I asked Clay if my wife and I could come hang out with them for New Year’s.
All the pieces came together.
“ I don’t think people want cool when it comes to their church, I think they want unity. The difference is huge, and I think the church in general should pay attention to this. Many new churches that have a cool and relevant way about them are growing, and so we think somehow, (and I have certainly thought this) that the reason for this growth is because the church is cool. “
Three years ago I launched a mission with the intent purpose to save lives, not in the spiritual sense, but in the literal physical sense. Dead people cannot hear the gospel, can they? But a victim of a disaster who is grateful for saving their lives or the lives of their family, is fertile soil for witnessing your love and compassion to strangers and they might just want to ask what compels you to such sacrifice and action.
A popular church word people throw out these days is the word “authenticity”. It speaks of those in the gathering being real and speaking their mind, but ironically in many of the churches who speak of this authenticity, no one actually speaks anything at all of their mind. Lights go out. Band plays. Cue Video. Pastor walks on to the stage, tells a cool story, combined with a quick Bible verse about love (makes us say “awww), forgiveness (makes us cry), or giving (makes us cringe). In the end, a few stick around to talk about the weather or sports, but most leave quickly because of the things they have to do in real life.