01.25.2018 | by Patrick Voelker, Executive Administrator
Movement. There is power just in that word! Movement; think of a moving car, train, plane, boulder, avalanche, mudslide, and ocean waves. Each one is powerful, impactful, even at times, dangerous. Movement can also be beautiful, as in ocean waves, a shooting star, or the ripples created in a calm pond by throwing in a small stone. Each can even be mesmerizing.
Does this apply to those of us on a faith journey, Discovering Jesus, perhaps just trying to understand who He is, or perhaps we are years into following Him, trusting Him, trying to be more like Him. If so, Jesus calls us to be His Church, a movement, a church that has momentum. While Jesus was here on earth He established the Church in His memorable statement to His followers, “On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16) Now that is power!
The rock is what Peter had just proclaimed about Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” This is the establishment of Jesus’ church, the church we are a part of and participate in. The same church Jesus gave instructions to after He rose from the dead, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28) Jesus commands movement, momentum. Where ever Jesus followers gather together, this is His call, command to them.
What does a church on the move look like? Or perhaps, we should look at what a church looks like that is not on the move, or let’s say it is static? Not your everyday questions perhaps. But church is where those who follow Jesus come together to Discover Jesus more, to worship together, praise God together, hear from God through His Word, the bible, together, and to go out together; move together, create momentum! And the gates of hell will not prevail against that church!!
Momentum has many things. Just as Jason showed us in last week’s sermon, ocean waves are amazing, powerful, ever changing, mesmerizing, peaceful, all at the same time. A church on the move, having momentum looks the same: Powerful, ever changing, mesmerizing, peaceful, and more. What doesn’t ever change for a church? Jesus and His Word, the bible. Everything else can and should change as we fulfill Jesus’ command for the church.
Andy Stanley, Pastor and founder of North Point Church in Atlanta, talks of momentum for a church and how critical it is to have and maintain that momentum. He talks on how important “new” triggers momentum, or improvements trigger momentum. Click “here” to hear his whole talk. He also talks about momentum stoppers. These include:
+ Disengaged leaders + Friction
+ Overactive management + Complacency (keep doing what we’ve always done)
+ Complexity + Lack of trust
Do you see yourself in this list? We each should take a hard look at whether or not we are the reason our church does not have momentum, or is not moving as it should. This is what Jesus calls us to and part of our faith journey is our commitment to Jesus’ church. May River of Life be a church on the move, having momentum, fulfilling Jesus purpose for us as stated above, which we like to say for River of Life is “helping people find and follow Jesus!”
A church on the move will impact its city, surrounding communities, state, country, and the world, for Jesus. Let’s be that church!