Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I Want to See The Church: Part 1

On Wednesday Night of our Fanning the Flame series (3/10/10), Karl Black did a message entitled, "We the Church." It was a challenge to us as believers to embrace the reality that...
The Church is God's vehicle to changing the world.
We, as believers are the Church (newsflash, the Church is not a building).
THEREFORE - We are God's plan to change the world.

I have been wrestling with this one for the past few days, considering the Church (big "C"). As a product, this has gotten me into both prescriptive and descriptive mode on what I see in the church. Let me explain more simply...

Prescriptive Mode: How I think things should be in the church.
Descriptive Mode: How I see things are in the church.

In several posts that will follow, I will be highlighting what I want to see the Church doing. As I list, a few things to keep in mind...
  • I'm going to stick to prescriptive mode.
  • As I do so, I will do my best to stay away from descriptive mode.
  • As I stick to prescriptive mode, I will not be speaking of A church specifically but THE CHURCH as a whole.
  • As a pastor in A church, you could be tempted to read into my thoughts as a desire to make a statement for or against my church. Please do not. There will be aspects highlighted that are strong, aspects that are weak, and aspects that are non-existent in the list I share. I will be seeking to avoid any mention or examples of how this is being fleshed out in the specific fellowship I'm connected to.
  • It will not be an exhaustive list.
  • It will not be a "programmatic" list (I want to see drums on the stage, a strong Children's Ministry, etc.)
Tomorrow we get rolling. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to your perspective. Churches seem to need alot of help!