Our purpose as a church is not to be comfortable. It's not to keep me employed or to make you happy. Our purpose as a church is to creatively reveal something that is world changing and epic-- it is the love of the Father! A love that is the answer to all of the brokenness in this badly broken...
Jesus said that if we found our life and our significance in His love, that we would be then so changed and altered in our heart that we would spend the rest of our lives helping other people find their place in the love of the Father! So if we are not doing the one, then we need to question...
Our purpose as a church is not to be comfortable. It's not to keep me employed or to make you happy. Our purpose as a church is to creatively reveal something that is world changing and epic-- it is the love of the Father! A love that is the answer to all of the brokenness in this badly broken world. It is a love that we do not need to leave to the imagination. It is a love that has been given a name, it is a love that had a face. It's a love that had hands and feet. It's a love that touched life and changed it!
And so, we creatively reveal the love of the Father, through the life of the Son, but we don't do that in our own power or our own abilities, it's all in the power of the Holy Spirit! So if we are saved, if we have entered into the life of Christ, then we are sent out by Christ into the world! Every Christ follower is one who is sent, that's our call!
Guys, I'm just telling you, we have so badly distorted discipleship in the modern church, it's not even funny. We've taken people into classrooms, sat them down, and filled their brain with theories and facts that somehow don't seem to be 'dropping' the 18 inches from the 'head to the heart.'
Jesus never led anybody into a classroom.
He led needy people out into a broken world that they might redeem it. Because in this world, everything is broken and everything needs to be redeemed!
We've made knowledge the currency of the Kingdom when faith is always the currency! We have made 'learning more' the quest when it's knowing Jesus and having a personal relationship with Him that is the quest. It's a person, not some body of knowledge or doctrines! It all has to do with faith and believing. Not a doctrine of knowledge, but a person! A being! To understand that we're embracing a heart more than we're embracing some orthodoxy! Guys, if we're saved, then we are sent out into the world to save in the authority of Jesus Christ!
What it means to be saved is to trade a terminal life for an eternal one. It means to acknowledge that in this world, we will never be finally happy, finally complete, that in this world we will never be finally appreciated or loved! There will always be tension, always be pain, always be a level of brokenness in our life, but in the midst of it all, there is a savior who's love will overcome and He will lead you to win the war of your heart and your soul so that you will "struggle" successfully and you will then be sent out "by love" into a broken world to lead others to trade their terminal lives for an eternal one as well!
So go and make disciples, and don't just do it with people that look like you, and live where you live. Go out of your way, bump into other people and as you do, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything (Matthew 28:19).
Don't walk away from them if they are new in the faith. You teach them and you do life with them until they get it. And when they do, then they can share it with somebody else. That's the call of Jesus Christ! -Dr. Drew Shofner
Jesus said that if we found our life and our significance in His love, that we would be then so changed and altered in our heart that we would spend the rest of our lives helping other people find their place in the love of the Father! So if we are not doing the one, then we need to question the other, because this is a love so great and so powerful that it changes whatever it touches!
If we are truly saved, as the church of the living God, then we have to acknowledge that our purpose is not a country club for consumers. It is not a place for critics to rate. It is not where we get our needs met, that is not what the church is for!
The church is the body of Christ, it is to be in our world, what Christ's body was in His world! The body of Christ served the mind of Christ to do His will to touch the faces of those who are hurting and broken in His day and it's supposed to do the exact same thing in ours!
The flow of the love of God is this--Jesus said, "you come to me, and find in Me your life and the purpose you've been longing for. Everything else that you've tried and broken yourself on, when you come to Me instead of going to 'that', you will find rest! You will find life and you will find joy! But when you come and follow me for life, I'm going to send you out and I'm going to make you 'fishers of men' (Matthew 4:19). That's my purpose, that's my call, that's my love for the world expressed and lived in a way that actually works!" (paraphrased)
Here's the deal, I am so convinced that I (and we), do not believe in the power of the Gospel much anymore. I have been praying for the day when we would see 300 new believers come to Christ and follow Him in baptism every year. In a city of hundreds of thousands, how is that not possible?
There's only one way that's not possible and it's that I'm not doing my job!
I'm not believing my Lord. I'm not going where I should be going.
I'm not speaking how I should be speaking. I'm not letting Jesus make me what He wants to make me!
I want us, as a church, to wake up and opt of out consumerism.
I want us a church to recover our confidence in the Gospel (the good news of Jesus) to change lives and to believe that it's not just preachers who are given the privilege of answering brokenness, but every Christ follower is one who is sent!
If we have entered into the life of Christ, then we are sent out by Christ into the world.
The Gospel isn't an invitation to personal happiness--it's a call to wage and win an eternal war on your heart and your soul! If we're saved, we're sent! -Dr. Drew Shofner
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