RE-PRESENTING THE LIVING JESUS

The Church does not represent a philosophy, it re-presents a person. That person is Jesus Christ.  So when we live day in and day out as the church are people seeing Jesus? And what Jesus do they see?

Two compelling questions for the church in the 21st century.  We are just two decades shy of being 2000 years removed from when Jesus appeared in the flesh on Planet Earth. As Eugene Peterson describes it “When Jesus appeared and took up residence in the neighborhood.” Through us do people encounter a Risen Jesus or an ancient prophet from a distant time? Instead of the Living Christ too many churches present a well-preserved portrait from a bygone era.  Like Sallman’s head of Christ.  There is a quaint dignity to this portrait, but do you have to return to that time to relate to that Jesus? Would you actually expect to see him in the street.

Or they put forward a religious billboard reflecting an enduring institution but no life that transforms peoples’ lives.  People are not looking for another service organization, even one that serves in the name of Jesus. Rotary and Sertoma do that quite well, thank you and when they’re not being too politically correct even offer a prayer to Jesus.  People  are looking for a relationship with a living Jesus that gives them hope and purpose and power.  They don’t want to do more things. They want to be immeasurably more. Only by presenting them Jesus can they find what they’re seeking.

CHALLENGING TIMES – MAGNIFICENT OPPORTUNITIES

Too many churches view the challenges of our times as a reflection of something lost.  But are nor challenging times actually magnificent opportunities?

Life in 21st century is marked by constant change.  Literally there are revolutions occurring around the planet of a daily basis. (That actually may be an understatement.) The most obvious revolution in this moment has to do with social media.  The world is literally reinventing the way it relates. This video clip helps make this clear.

The day of newspaper ads is generally over. Few people, especially those under 40 get their news via a printed paper.  The front page of their internet explorer is where they read their news.  Emails have been replaced in many quarters by Facebook, Twitter and text messaging.

How does the church connect with social media revolution, making sure they are part of the culture’s dialogue of relationships. Post your thoughts. My next post will continue this discussion.