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My Heart for His Church

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen 8 Comments

In my opening comments to the brothers and sisters who gathered in London a few weeks ago, I expressed my heart for the church Jesus is building, this incredible bride he is preparing for himself.

For too many years we have tried to build a church for him, and we’ve done it according to the world’s methods and systems for managing power and conforming people’s behaviors. While God has been gracious to make himself known in our childish attempts, the result has been less than satisfying. Most Christians and Christian leaders are too focused on the church, when our focus in this incredible story is to be on the groom and let him shape his bride.

How do we let Jesus build his church, so not only does hell not prevail over it, but also it expresses all that God is in the world? How do we become a community of the beloved and in the loving of others incarnate his reality in the world around us.

For those who are interested here are the first twenty-three minutes of the day we shared together. I don’t know where else I have so clearly expressed my heart for his church and my passion to see her rise in this day with the glory Jesus has for her.

Beginning next week I’m going to facilitate a chapter by chapter book discussion on Finding Church: What If There Really Is Something More? The links will appear here. If you haven’t begun the book yet, now would be time to get a copy.  It is available in hard copy, e-book, and audio book.

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8 Responses

  1. Anne says:

    I was there for the morning in Esher, and although I was sad to miss the whole day, this 23 minutes was an absolute delight to me. This passion for the bride, the true glorious beautiful body of Christ is something God is stoking in his Beloved. Its a slow burn maybe, but to hear you speak it out in such a way among those hungry for the more of God, was a huge encouragement to me. Thanks so much Wayne.

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  3. Hi, Wayne. One quick question. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus says: Tomorrow will worry about itself. And it obviously does not mean we should not do anything about tomorrow.

    How is it not the same as “I will build My church”, but you also have something to do about it?

    • Evgueni, I think he meant not to do anything about tomorrow out of worry or anxiety. Both of them blind us to what Father is doing and cause us to react in ways that will be hurtful to us. If we trust him today, we can trust him tomorrow too. If there are things he wants us to do today to prepare for tomorrow, he will let us know, but it will rise out of trust in the Father’s care, not our fear that he won’t be there for us when the future comes.

  4. Courtney Klima says:

    Are you still planning the chapter by chapter discussion? I don’t see any links. Thanks!

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