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.