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You Belong

mission

I’ve spent a few years on a treadmill reading these words on the wall in front of me at Planet Fitness.  I think about their philosophy and how it can translate to the church.  

A place where anyone can be comfortable.  A diverse community of people who are engaged together for a common goal.  A place where a lifestyle can be developed and matured.  

I’m not so sure that I would say it’s all about you.  Ultimately it’s all about God.  It’s often when we take on that attitude that things get all messed up.  But I love the line that says, “we are not here to kiss your butt, only to kick it if that’ what you need.”  We need to be available to speak into peoples lives.  We need to speak the truth in love and help people in their times of need.  Sometimes that involves a little butt-kickin’…

Overall I believe the church is the place where all people belong.  We need to create an environment where people of all walks can come together to find the true hope that comes through a relationship with Jesus.

Do you feel like you belong?  Why or why not?

Misunderstood

Every once in a while in our efforts as a church to use something culturally relevant in communicating the message of  Jesus we are misunderstood.  It’s usually another believer that is the one that is offended rather than our intended audience – those who have not yet connected with Jesus.  It happened again today.  In my inbox was an email from someone who was very upset about our latest attempt at promotion.  Here it is:

How dare you try to combine obama with Jesus for your Easter services.  obama in NOT the savior.  Only our Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ is our savior.

Again, how dare you disrespect Jesus in the manner you are doing.

Shame on you!

Where it gets a bit sketchy is that we have not implied that President Obama is Jesus.  What we have done is use a piece of pop culture in the artwork that was done by Shepard Fairey and tweaked it in a way that shows that Jesus is the only true source of hope.  Here is my reply:

I must apologize for your confusion with the signs that we have created and are using for the promotion of our Easter services at GCC.  On the contrary, we are not in any way linking President Obama to Jesus.  We are actually trying to communicate where the TRUE source of HOPE comes from – Jesus Christ.  Some may trust in government to carry us through tough times but they will be found lacking in the end.

It is only through a relationship with Jesus Christ that we each can find HOPE.  That is the message that we are trying to communicate to people and I am sure if you join us for our Easter services that is the message that you will hear.  With that being said, if you are a member of another church in the area please continue going there.  While we want all to hear the Gospel we really are trying to reach out to those who do do not yet have a church home.

Again, please know that we are sorry for the way that you have interpreted our signs.  We acknowledge fully that Jesus Christ is the only WAY, TRUTH & LIFE.

Here is the promotional piece.  You decide…

truehope

April 7th update on this post.  We keep kicking up dust here.  Check the link here:  http://www.nowhampshire.com/2009/04/02/concord-church-promotes-“hope”-at-easter-time/