Life is unpredictable and often times things happen that we can never really explain such as the natural disaster in Haiti. Although these life happenings are not in our control, there is an aspect of life we can control.
In Romans 12:1-2 Paul says, “I beseech (urge, encourage, press upon) you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The message version says, “take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering.”
As I approach church planting I am becoming more and more aware that church planting requires a clear understanding of the foundation of a thing. The foundation of the ministry God has given me is one of service. It is a vision of helping people learn how to live as a Christian first before we do Christian things. It is a vision of becoming the church before we do church.
This foundational purpose will become the nature and personality of the ministry as it grows and develops. The hope is that with this foundation of radical reconciliation, service, and empowerment, the ministry will not lose its way once it becomes an established congregation.
We are at a stage to develop a new DNA of what it means to BE Christian.
When you observe your Christian walk, are you living the faith or doing church. Let’s live the life!