May 6, 2013

Acts 16:15 after she (Lydia) was  baptized, along with everyone in her household, she said in a surge of  hospitality, “If you’re confident that I’m in this with you and believe in the  Master truly, come home with me and be my guests.” We hesitated, but she  wouldn’t take no for an answer. (The  Message Bible)

 

I’ve often heard people say about their  children, and I may have also said it about my children, I don’t care where they  go to church as long as they go somewhere. I guess that is true, but it kind of  misses the point, doesn’t it? I’m a pastor. I love my church. I love church in  general. Here though, there was no church and Lydia’s home became the church  building. In my community I’ve seen several churches close or change hands. We  are talking millions of dollars’ worth of real estate. I’ve seen heartbreak and  anger surrounding some of these transitions. But what if we had no church  buildings? They didn’t in the beginning of the church era. What if that is our  future? There was a song that was popular some years back that said:  “If tomorrow all the things were  gone, I’d worked for all my life. And I had to start again, with just my  children and my wife. I’d thank my lucky stars, to be livin here today.  ‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom,  and they can’t take that away.” If the way we live out our faith needs to be  realigned, readjusted, reinvented, rewhatevered, in our lifetime starting from  the ground up, starting from our homes out, will we be willing to do it? They’ve  done it in other places. Are we in it to recreate a past we are comfortable with  or to follow a risen Christ into a possibly uncomfortable future? Maybe I should  be less concerned with where my children go to church and more concerned with  the church they create with their lives. Are you going to church or creating  church? What kind of church will you create this  week?

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