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.