Get in the Game!
In the gospel of John it says, “The Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14) I’ve always liked the way that reads. Jesus didn’t just come and sit; he hung out with us. He didn’t just house himself in a building in the suburbs; he “dwelt” among people like you and me. That’s a great model for His church, and we are His church!
I don’t know a lot about football but I do know this: If you don’t come out of the huddle you’ll never win the game. Perhaps today’s church is too much into huddling. We huddle on Saturday and Sunday. We huddle for midweek services. We huddle for nights of worship. We huddle for Bible studies and Life Groups, for men’s and women’s ministries and youth programs. Did you ever think that sometimes the world might be asking, “When are you folks gonna come out of the huddle?”
It’s time, folks! Time to go dwell among people! And we plan to be intentional about that on the east side of town! We’ll dwell among black people, white people, sick people, poor people, irreligious people, political people, homeless people, hungry people, immoral people, abused people, weak people, marginalized people, frightened people, scarred people, hopeless people, helpless people, broken people and needy people! This is the ministry of Jesus Christ and this is the ministry of His Bride, the Church.
Yes, it’s time to dwell, not huddle. People will not listen to you until they trust you. And they will not trust you until they know that you love them. And they will not know that you love them until you serve them. That’s our call! That’s the mission on all our campuses. Let’s get busy. It’s time to get in the game!
Gary Black, Richmond Road Campus Pastor