Archive for April, 2016

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.

Finding The Church Jesus Is Building

Posted on: April 13th, 2016 by Wayne Jacobsen No Comments

One of the greatest tragedies for the past 2000 years is that we’ve tried to build Jesus’ church for him instead of recognizing the way he is shaping his bride in the world. When we use institutional priorities to maintain or sustain the church we end up disfiguring her and using the term “church” to describe something that is not the church.

During my recent trip to the UK, I was asked by Tim Nash and Dave Ward to join them on their Nomad Podcast. They wanted to discuss my latest book, Finding Church, and came at it with lots of interesting questions people ask who haven’t yet figured out that the church Jesus is building and the one humanity don’t always speak to the same reality. They had some great questions and the engagement was generous and passionate as we discussed the difference between the church Jesus is building and the one humanity has been trying to build for him. I can’t imagine a better summary of how I hope Finding Church encourages and equips other followers of Christ.

The podcast is titled, What Sort of Church Is Jesus Building? You can click on the link at left to stream it or use this one to download. It is an hour and 15 minutes long, and the interview begins at the 6:10 mark.