Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Some Thoughts On The Church, Part I
When someone doesn't know who they really are, what do we call that person? What diagnosis do we give them?
I'm not sure exactly what term the medical community would use, but it would be some form of mental illness.
What about when someone doesn't know what they are supposed to be doing?
We may not leap towards diagnosing mental illness in that situation, but that's not good either. Essential to a healthy, fruitful life is having a strong idea of what you are doing here.
So... identity and vocation. Who you are and what you're called to do.
These are matters of foundational importance for you, personally. If you get these woefully wrong, it won't really matter that much how neat and organized your daily calendar is. It will be a nicely arranged and systematized monument to a misspent life.
If this is true for you, how much more is it true for the church.
Identity. Who and what is the church? Have we grasped who we really are?
Vocation. What is the church called to do? Why are we here?
A false self-image in either of these categories would be disastrous for the church. If we get these foundational matters wrong, it won't really matter that much how neat and organized our programs are. They will all amount to a nicely arranged and systematized monument to exactly nothing, eternally speaking.
Good answers begin with good theology. Good theology begets faithful ministry and healthy churches.
Back to the blackboard soon...