“What did you think about the church we visited with today?” I asked Shellie as we drove away from a church we had visited before going to Jerusalem. “It’s hard to tell if God is still there in the midst of that congregation,” she replied. I had sensed the same and was wondering if that was just my experience or hers as well. Unfortunately, in visiting with hundreds of churches across the U.S., talking about our ability to be part of God’s global rescue mission in fulfillment of His big dream, there were several times we had a sense God had left the building. But how can this happen?
“What do you think Nate?” I asked as we sat and watched pyrotechnics go off in a church sanctuary we were visiting while on vacation. “It’s a bit much dad,” he replied. Yeah, maybe. But sure was entertaining to watch. I kinda wanted to see the worship leader catch on fire, but pretty sure that wasn’t the point of the effects. Maybe next time…
“How many oars are necessary to row a row boat?” I hadn’t really thought about it before but it seemed like two was a good idea. This was a question our church leaders were asked at a conference several years ago. The point the presenter was trying to make is that as followers of Jesus, we all have primary callings to fulfill in secondary settings.
God has a church for His mission in the world. He has a Church to fulfill His big dream of seeing every nation, tribe, people, and language in heaven one day (Revelation 7:9-10). Yet we, as the church, have seemingly forfeited God’s big dream in three major ways. I’ll address the first one in this article, but list all three for consideration.
“Missio what?” Before our family went overseas, we took a class on the Missio Dei, the mission of God. It was the first graduate level class I had taken and if Latin was required for advanced degrees, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to have what it takes to complete one. Good news was, this turned out to be the only Latin term in the course :-). In this class, Shellie and I learned about the Bible’s grand narrative. We learned how God means to fulfill His big dream of seeing every nation, tribe, people and language in heaven one day (Revelation 7:9-10).
While Jesus was here on earth, He made some incredible statements. We find in John 10:10, that Jesus says He came to give people rich and satisfying lives. In John 14:12 He says that those who believe in Him will not only do the same works He did, but that they will actually do greater works!