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The Explainable

February 3, 2011

“We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God” ~ from “Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit” by Francis Chan

Last Sunday at our church, Liberty Christian Fellowship, we had student Sunday.  It wasn’t a time where our student pastor gave a sermon or the kids sang a song for the offertory.  The students conducted the entire service.  They greeted, ushered, did the children’s message, led the worship, and gave the message.  What’s so amazing about that?  Other than in this day and age to have passionate, anointed, and bold students being leaders for the body, which is powerful in itself, there is a supernatural move among these students.  They are having mid week bible studies in addition to their main meeting each week, 3 to be exact and about to start a 4th, that are having 15 and 20 students show up for some of them.  They are proclaiming the gospel in their schools.  They are creating a “culture of honor” in the youth group where they choose to do things that put others first.  Each month they load the whole gang up to visit at a local rest home and their attendance on that night is almost the same as their other meetings.  It’s not all hype and games.  They are digging deep in study and serving hard.

Why am I going on and on about our student ministry?  Is it that our student pastor is just that good?  No. (He does do a great job, however)  The answer is, it is un-explainable outside the movement of the Holy Spirit.  Only God transforms hearts.  Only God can move these students in mass to run counter their culture even when it means losing friends and missing out on some of what the rest of the culture is engaged in.  It is only something God can do.  The youth leaders have been faithful, desperate in prayer for the move of God, proclaimed and taught the Word to these guys, and been active in their lives relationally.  That’s our end of the bargin, but only God could be producing the ridiculous fruit that we see.

That quote from Francis Chan really hit me hard.  So much, in our western churchy lives can be explained by human effort and money.  We can create inviting atmospheres that tug on peoples emotions in our services.  We can follow up and keep tabs on folks in our databases, social networking, and fancy marketing.  We can sound great with our sound systems, great musicians, and trained communicators.  All of those things can grow our churches and draw people to our programs.  But only God can change our hearts.  Only He can take us from what were and are and conform us into the image of His Son.  We need to be desperate for His Spirit to move and be active in our lives.  We must not get trapped into feeling like we’re getting in done because of our church services.  None of it makes a difference without His Spirit.

I will be obedient to what He has called me to and I’m hungry for the unexplainable.  I want what only He can do.  He wants my heart and I want His.


From → Books, Faith

One Comment
  1. Well put Scott, God is faithfully breathing on these “dry bones,” and bringing His army to life.

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