Under the Christmas tree sat a beautifully wrapped box, waiting to be opened. I thought I knew what was inside, but I wouldn’t know for sure until I tore through the wrapping paper to find out. Sure enough, when I opened the box, I found a new backpack, one to replace the NorthFace backpack I had used the previous 14 years, and taken all over the world.
“Zach, I’m not doing well,” Shellie said on the other end of the phone. She was calling me from the school where she’d recently taken a job as a kindergarten teacher. “What’s going on?” I asked. “We had a surprise fire drill and I could barely get my kids out of the room. Can you come over here?” she requested. “Of course. I’ll be right there.” I told her.
“Around 1995 a shift occurred in our nation,” a speaker shared at a conference I attended a couple of years ago. “Before this time the majority of our nation held to a Judeo-Christian worldview, after 1995, the majority of our nation transitioned to a secular worldview which has now become the predominant worldview in our country today. This transition in worldviews has greatly affected the church and how we will be able to reach the communities in which we live.”
Many in the church today have created their own definition of what it means to follow Jesus, they have created their own definition of what it means to “do” church.
How did Jesus fulfill God’s big dream? How did Jesus launch a rescue mission? By inviting people to follow Him and then sharing His life with them.