Sunday, April 26, 2009
Creative and Living Church
Is the church living or is the church mechanical? I believe the church is living - living with God's word, God's Spirit and God's heart for the lost. When a church becomes mechanical, it loses that Living Power. When the church becomes just an organization, we lost the power of the organism. Did any part of Jesus' ministry seems "organized" or structured? He walked in the will of the Father, and spoke to people in different creative ways, without a canned answer or a schedule. He was totally and completely led by the Spirit of God.
There is nothing wrong with having a plan and a vision - but to limit God through strict inflexible schedules is man's way of making things easier for the flesh. Its natural to want to have a plan and its supernatural to hear from God and let Him lead you.
In Turkey especially, the need for creativity is clear. We are learning from Pastor Matti all the time in this area. Most of the people we have met and are ministering to, we did not meet while on "evangelism." We have to be open to meeting people at all hours of the day, at all kinds of different settings. Its a challenge to always be ready to show Christ to people in any setting and in creative ways. And God is the only One who can lead you in the right words to say and at the right time - He is the God of the individual and He knows exactly what each individual soul needs. God can lead us in so many different ways - and He is!
I wanted to write this to encourage everyone - because this is what is so amazing (and unique) about our church! We have theology and methods of evangelism - but we have been taught that is MUST be by the Spirit of God, or else it is dead. I am SO proud and thankful for my church, Greater Grace.
Psalm 127:1 "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen walk in vain."
Roger & Liz