I have had this overwhelming prompting over the last few months.  Maybe that’s not the right word…prompting…voice…urging….sensation.  I don’t know what to call it.  I think it might be from God.  And if not, I think at least it’s a good idea (Too many people blame their bad ideas on God…not fair.  So I say ‘I only think it might be from God.’ That way it’s my fault if it really is a terrible idea).

Anyway, as we launched Connexus Barrie yesterday and I saw a full house at 10 despite a bad blizzard going on — many of whom were people I’ve never met before — I just got gripped with this prompting, again.

Even as I preached, I just wanted to bring it to the forefront.

Here’s the prompting, the idea:  if we could just get out of the way, and let people actually meet Jesus for who He really is, people would line up in droves to get into relationship with Jesus.  The biggest obstacle to people entering into a growing relationship is….us. Christians. The church.  We’ve taken what was supposed to be easy, and made it hard.  We’ve taken a clear message and obscured it.  We’ve taken relevance and so fogged it up it seems totally irrelevant to people.

I have this idea that if our environments are biblical, connect culturally, and simply facilitate an authentic encounter between God and His people — and people as a result actually see God’s real heart — they’ll stampede in.

Because what we really line up for in life, is love.  No one lines up to be judged, to be rejected, to be found wanting, to be cursed, or to be despised.  Sadly, many people think is how God feels toward them.  Truthfully, that’s how Christians have sometimes been toward people…but it actually has nothing to do with God.  God is for people.  Jesus is for people.

Man, if we could just get that message out.  If our environments (our Sunday adult services, kids ministry, community groups and more), were culturally relevant places of love, grace and acceptance, and people saw who God really was and got into Him personally….people would line up to meet Jesus.

Frankly, for me, this really has nothing to do with growing a church (the logistics of becoming bigger and opening more campuses are just too overwhelming right now, as we launch two campuses in two weeks), and everything to do with connecting people to God in Jesus.

Isn’t that what it’s all about?

My job, more and more, is to get out of the way and facilitate that encounter — pray for that encounter — enable that encounter.

Could you imagine if that happened?  If people met Jesus?  Just think about it….

Seriously.  I think we could be a church that did that. 

6 Comments

  1. Sarah Flemming on December 3, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Allen, that is a great song!

    Anyone interested should check it out for some inspiration too 🙂

  2. Allen Forget on December 3, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Carey
    Check out a song by Casting Crowns from their new album "The Alter and the Door" called "What This World Needs". It is your comments above in music. In particular is the bridge which is a speaking part done by youth that is really the highlight of the song.

    Here is the speaking part:

    "People aren't confused by the Gospel, there confused by us".
    "Jesus is the only way to God but we are not the only way to Jesus".
    "This world doesn't need my tie, my hoody, my denomination or my translation of the bible, they just need Jesus".
    "We can be passionate about what we believe but we can't strap ourselves to the gospel because we're slowing it down".
    "Jesus is going to save the world but maybe the best thing we can do is just get out of the way."

    Great song, Great message, right to the point and right on the money.

    Also, thanks for Sunday. It is not very often that I can get a Sunday off to experience other church services although I do try to do that every few months or so to see what others are doing. Getting the chance to be there on opening day was awesome and it was even better to see the theatre filled. I know someone who was moved!

    Peace

  3. jayhardwick on December 3, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    carey –

    is alright for a southern brother to join in with a big 'ole AMEN! love your heart here…God will honor it, i know.

    talked to mcdaniel yesterday and he told me about the blizzard, but more importantly, the momentous launch of the first campus. can't wait to see what happens this week!

    your courage is contagious, carey. thanks for letting us all in on the journey!

  4. june stables on December 3, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    This is just the message Jesus would like us to take to everyone we meet, not just on Sundays but everyday and everywhere we go, so thanks for the reminder Carey and all the great thoughts you have been sharing with us every Sunday, and as well by email in Life Matters. I was thinking that Life really does matter and just as you said, more to Jesus than anyone else, every person's life matters to Him.
    Every effort you make to facilitate this love is something I believe the Lord is very proud of. Wouldn't it be nice if we would all be of the same mind and want to be facilitators or vessels of this love too. I believe many of us at Connexus are seeing this more and more so we thank you all (the whole team) for all the encouragement in this direction.
    I think the word you were looking for Carey is "an unction" not sure of this spelling, but it's an unction from the Spirit of God. Wasn't it the Apostle Paul who wrote, If I speak with tongues of angels and give all I have to the poor, but have not LOVE I become like a clanging symbol, and we know that noone ever listens to a clanging symbol but shuts the sound out.

    God Bless and thanks again for sharing all your insights,I am glad you are feeling better Carey.

  5. june stables on December 3, 2007 at 1:05 pm
  6. Sarah Flemming on December 3, 2007 at 1:50 am

    Wow.

    That is something I have been thinking about a lot. How do we get out of the way so the Jesus is in the front?

    Connexus, Carey, the whole leadership team, has done an amazing job in my life personally in challenging the ways I see Christianity and what it is to know Christ, how I see the Bible, and what my faith needs to look like.

    This idea makes me want to just stand up and SHOUT!!! 😀 Something inside me just wants to burst!! God's love for use is SO real, SO amazing and SO powerful and THAT is what makes me so excited about this church.

    That people are going to meet THAT God!!!!!!

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