Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
The world won’t be changed by the organized Church, even though several Church leaders believe the Church is God’s answer for the world. Here’s why!
FIRST: The church of Jesus is a movement. You cannot get your arms around it, visit it, or even see it. It’s like the wind. You can’t see the wind, but you can definitely see the effects of it. It’s not a monument that one builds; it’s a movement around Jesus that is contagious and must be caught. It’s not a denominational or religious organization to be joined; it’s a living movement through which Jesus captures your heart.
SECOND: The church of Jesus is everywhere and all around us-wherever followers of Jesus gather together in his name. No matter the location (coffee shop, living room, bar, race-track, battlefield, school, office), no matter the culture (Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Christian and even agnostic), and no matter the level of society (the powerful or the poor), you can find the Jesus movement making a difference in his name.
THIRD: The church of Jesus is a relational, participatory dynamic where people encounter Jesus and walk with him together. The Jesus movement is not driven by a certain doctrinal system; it’s driven by a real, personal relationship with Jesus, himself.
FOURTH: The church of Jesus is out of control-man’s control-and under the leadership of Jesus, the Head. Maybe the one most deadly move we tend to make in life is to be “in control”. This is an attempt to measure the invisible.
We are given a strong clue to what Jesus came to do in his prayer to the Father in John 17. He said, “Father, I have finished the work you gave me to do.”Let’s listen in own this prayer: “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world. But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. I have given them Your word.” Jesus came into this world to invest his life in a few men and now he sends us out to do the same. “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.”
This is the essence of the church Jesus came to build-a movement consisting of a few followers who gather in his name in such a way that they are able to know the Father personally and intimately. He says, “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
So, are you caught up in the dynamic, participatory movement of Jesus-being the church-or are you satisfied with being a spectator-going to Church?