Monday morning I had the opportunity to spend some time with about 40 other pastors and ministers in what is called “Church Life Cohort”. I have been on this journey now for two years in Church Life. I must say that I have learned a lot and God has often used times at this cohort meeting to challenge me to rethink and recalibrate. Well Monday was one of those days the Holy Spirit stirred in me the single thought which has consumed me when I allow it. How should Freedom Church, how should Tim Winton, do ministry to reach the goals God has given us as a church and me as a pastor. I was first challenged by this passage:
1 Co 9:19-23 Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!
There are many key points wrapped up in this text that I will continue to chew on until I receive the complete revelation.
But the one I choose to focus on in this blog is:
Vs 22 I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever.
FC is a “Church for Life’s Journey”, wherever you are on your journey, we want to be there. To celebrate the ups and help in the downs.
I believe that Paul gives us the true mandate behind the great commission. If we are going to present the Gospel then we have to learn to become all things to all people, presenting our selves through love, grace, and mercy. Paul teaches us that we can reach people where they are. I don’t think that because we reach them where they are that we should compromise our stand as a follower of Christ. No, my challenge is to let your light shine into a dark world, a world that desperately needs a Jesus relationship not a man’s religion. Will you join me in helping me change the culture of our city by showing the love of Jesus?