When I say, “a traditional church” I am referring to structure not necessarily style. I understand that styles come and go, yet I believe structures live on for centuries.
It’s always enjoyable to discuss the House of Prayer reality with good friends over a great lunch. That is exactly what happened last week. I shared our history of moving more intentionally from a ministry focused church to an intimacy focused church. There were lots of great questions as my friends were exploring this reality for their own ministry.
When are we as leaders going to figure out that sin is insanity. Why do we keep going around the same mountain thinking that we can “get away” with moral and ethical practices that are contrary to scripture?
If sin is to soul what cancer is to the body why then do we want to draw near it and indulge. Why embrace what will kill?
I want you to consider something: The depth of our maturity in God prepares us to slay giants.
In 1 Samuel 17 we discover that Goliath stood over nine feet tall, was arrayed with heavy armor and taunted the armies of Israel. He was big, skillful and intimidating. No one would stand up to him, except David.
Saul tries to place his armor on David but that does not work. David decides to use what God has given him and, grabbing his shepherd’s staff, he heads to the brook, chooses five smooth stones and approaches Goliath and kills him.
The pressures of leadership can often be intense. We (Convergence House of Prayer) are coming down to the wire with the completion of our new building. The building is due to receive final inspections in just a few short weeks.
Right now, it feels like we are in heavy labor awaiting the baby to be born. It’s hard, it’s painful but we realize how amazing things will be upon delivery, we already started to buy a ComfortCam Baby Monitor, you don’t know how exited we are about this!
Through this season, I have thought a lot about the life of Moses and what he needed to do in being “the guy” to lead Israel out of Egypt and into the promised land.
God’s gift to us is “potential” and our gift to God is to develop it. In many ways we have to leave behind what is familiar, safe and secure in order to step into another level of growth and development. We won’t grow until we move out of our comfort zones.