Again I beg the forgiveness of those of you who look forward to these “deep thoughts” from a very shallow mind. It seems as though my to-do list in life continually gets longer, while the number of things that I am checking off of that list seems to become fewer and fewer. But enough about my schedule as I know that your schedule is at least as hectic as mine. One of the things that I most enjoy is reading. But I don’t simply like to read for reading’s sake. I like to have a purpose in reading. Right now our church staff is reading through Transformational Church together. As I was reading through the first chapter of the this book, I wrote literally two pages of notes. I want to take a moment to concentrate on an idea from this text.
The idea is simple and is found on page 20, “When God rebuilds His house, people will know undeniably that it is a work of God.” You do not have to look far to see the doomsdayers effectively proclaiming an end to the Church. While it is only foolish to deny the waning influence of the Church in the United States, it would be just as foolish to assume that the Church functions just like a business or other organization. If Scripture is true – and if you know me then you know that is given – then the Church is not an organization it is an organism. The Church is a living, breathing, conglomeration of individual believers who are held together by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Why in the world am I chasing a theological rabbit trail? The answer is simple. God has not abandoned the Church. Though one could ask if the reverse of that statement is true. Has the Church become so enthralled with her past successes that she has forgotten that the 1950’s ended over 50 years ago? Has the Church become so enamored by new techniques, technologies, and ideologies that she has forgotten that her roots lie in the work of God and not the work of management and marketing gurus? Has the Church focused so much on entertaining and attracting that she has forgotten that her commission was going and transforming? If we want to be honest with ourselves, we know that the answer to each of these questions is a definitive “YES!” But rather than simply beating the church like Bam-Bam Rubble (see the Flintstone Cartoons) at a Whack-a-Mole game, is it not more profitable to set all of our agendas, ideologies, practicalities, and junk aside and turn back to Scripture and the God that it reveals? To be certain, we have walked a long way from the ideal Church that the Book of Acts records. Yet, despite our wanderings, God has not changed. He will forgive. He will revive. He will refocus. He will renew His Church – if His Church will allow Him to do so. Will the transformation be incredible? Absolutely. Will there be those who grip and complain about refocusing back on Scripture? Absolutely. Will the result be worth the cost? Absolutely!!! You see, we got ourselves into this mess. Now only God can get us out of it. So when He forgives, revives, refocuses, and rebuilds His Church – there will be only one explanation God has done something unexplainable.