Monday, May 19, 2008

I'm not a smart man

What kind of church will Living Stone be? What kind of building will we meet in? How will people describe the people that attend Living Stone? I've been thinking a lot about the church - envisioning what it will look like, sound like, feel like.

I have no doubt that my vision of the future will be wrong in many ways. If God has taught me anything the last few months, it's that he is in the driver's seat. I don't know where we he is taking us. But, I like what I see around every bend in the road and over every hill.

The church is described in the Bible as the body of Christ:

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. I Corinthians 12:27

So, how should the body of Christ look? 6ft - 6in. 200lb. 5% body fat. Full, thick, curly hair. 3 sport athlete in high school. Straight A student ... right? Wrong! Here's how the Bible describes Jesus:

... he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. Isaiah 53:2

So what drew people to Jesus? What caused the 12 apostles to drop everything and follow him? What caused his friends and disciples to follow his teachings long after he was gone - even to the point of their own death?

The qualities that drew people to Jesus are the same that should draw people to our church like love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and grace. People should feel welcome at Living Stone Bible Church. There should be an overriding foundation of love that guides us in all that we do.

And, at the same time we should be like Jesus in that he was bold, daring, courageous, and unwavering in his commitment to speak the truth. It is not loving to agree with a dying world that they are not dying. It is not loving to agree with a lost world that they are not lost.

And, finally, Jesus was willing to lay down his life for those that he loved. He did not put himself first. He was not planning for retirement. He wasn't saving for a new boat. He wasn't concerned with fame or prestige. Instead, he put you and I first.

"I'm not a smart man... but I know what love is." - Forrest Gump.

In Christ,

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