Sunday, April 21, 2013

Describing Church

“The righteous are as bold as a lion." (Proverbs 28:1)

What kind of church do we want?  Many people would answer that they want a church that "meets our needs."  Of course, this is certainly one aspect of what a church should provide.  But the church that attends only to perceived needs of its people is probably missing out on the fullness that God created them to have.  Consider the words of a book I once read that posed the question this way:

"Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, just for a day or two, our churches were described as... risky; revolutionary; dangerous; ruthlessly honest and open; unconditionally loving; radical; rowdy; not quite off the page, but certainly in the margins; challenging; adventurous; unpredictable; curious; life-changing; stirred up; paradoxical; a place that will accept you just as you are; contagious; flat out crazy in love with God; people who make lots of mistakes because they take new risks; people who are free to be themselves and even admit their doubts; people who pray unceasingly; people who laugh, cry, and feel all their feelings; people who are willing to be fools for Christ's sake..."
         [--From the book Through the Wilderness]

I don't know about you, but that’s the kind of church I want to be a part of, because that's the kind of faith we're called to have as Christians not only in today's world, but throughout the history of the church.

Today, however, I’m especially thankful that it also accurately describes our church -- East Cobb United Methodist Church -- as we embark on a 24-month spiritual and financial campaign called “be BOLD” that will begin to give us the resources we need to take the next step in God’s vision for our church.

CLICK HERE to find out more about our “beBOLD” campaign -- what it is, why we’re doing it, and why we’re doing it now.

In the meantime, my prayer is that each of us will live into the description above of God’s church as we seek to be BOLD for Him! Remember, God loves you and I do, too!

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