I think it’s important that church leaders are able to learn from and reiterate what other leaders are saying, especially within our own churches. The Kingdom is not just a “we teach, congregants learn” model, though there is certainly a place for this scripturally; rather, it’s all of us learning, being challenged, and growing as the Body of Christ.
Yesterday’s message by Pastor Kirk Gilchrist at New Life was chalk full of good stuff, but one point in particular really got me thinking. I decided to break the point down even further and examine it here with you:
Q: What if everyone evangelized like you?
What if everyone reflected Jesus through acts of kindness in public, words of encouragement to strangers, or employed intentional-compassion bent on winning their neighbors to Jesus like you? What would the growth of the church look like?
Q: What if everyone gave like you?
How many felt needs would the church be able to meet? How many orphanages could we build? How many marketing campaigns could we create that promote the Christ-like values Jesus sought to instill in people through stories? Would we be any closer to eliminating a government-based health care system with a church-funded one? Considering 5% of Protestant Christians tithe (1% of Catholics), and those are mostly age 55 and up, what does that say about your demographic’s responsibility for funding a great end-time revival? (Barna Research 5/19/03)
Q: What if everyone served like you?
If everyone shared the level of enthusiasm, self-sacrifice, and dedication that you show toward opportunities to serve others, how many lives would be effected corporately? How many missions trips, small groups, or cleaning crews would be soliciting for empty positions?
Q: What if everyone worshiped like you?
Would Sunday mornings be a vibrant, living testimony provoking jealousy out of unsaved or new believers attending that morning? Or would they be wondering if you were new to all this too?
Far too often we’re critical of what the church “should” look like, instead of being critical of what we look like. Since we’re the church. And there’s always at least one person following your lead (whether you know them or not). ch: