My readers long for the Jesus adventure. (If you haven’t found the Jesus adventure yet, you are, at least, curious.)
You’re a fascinating crowd of Jesus-followers. You like to go deep with Jesus and that sometimes leads to miracles and sometimes to suffering. You’re serious about God but you don’t take yourselves seriously. You laugh more often than you cry and you cry a lot. Like me, God designed you to serve in and survive these times. We need one another.
Here’s what I know about (most of) you:
You’ve followed Jesus for years. You love Him. You love His church – okay, love might be overstating what you feel for His church, especially after all these years – all you’ve experienced, but you’re trying to love His church because He loves His church.
You know your Bible. You’ve served in all kinds of ministries. There’s nothing passive about your faith. You’ve read the book of Acts and that’s what you want to see in your life. (okay, not the parts where Jesus-followers get beaten, arrested, thrown in prison, and driven out of town but all the other parts.)
Something has happened, though. Something hard. Something out of left field. Something ugly.
Church conflict. Betrayal. Other Christians hurt or disappointed you. You’ve suffered loss (not just one loss – you’re no lightweight, but a series of losses). Financial ruin. A loved one walked away from Jesus, entered addiction, suicide, a cult, a sinful lifestyle. Disease. Mental Illness. Whatever it was, it was big and it cut deep.
You’ve held onto your faith but sometimes you pull off to the side of the narrow road to catch your breath.
You would be more courageous, bolder for Christ if you only knew there were others who saw the same thing, who’d endured similar suffering, who pressed on despite their wounds, who were fighting as hard as you are to continue to love all the way to the end.
You belong here with us.
We have a little hobbit in us. We love comfort, routine, and home but Jesus knocked on our door, invited us into an adventure, and we joined Him.
We know the story ends well but that doesn’t mean the journey is an easy one so we seek companionship to survive and thrive whatever we encounter on the narrow road
All we can do is decide what to do with the times we’ve been given.
This is where we’ll gather, share courage, comfort and challenge one another. We’ll spur one another on to love and good deeds. We’ll travel together to the great heart of God until He comes.
Are you in?