Thursday, March 15, 2007

We're Not Normal

“I started preaching this life-change—this radical turn to God and everything it meant in everyday life—right there in Damascus, went on to Jerusalem and the surrounding countryside, and from there to the whole world.” Acts 26:20 (MsgB)

I was challenged by a blog I read the other day that talked about churches that were normal. Meadow Heights is not a “normal” church. Our attendance isn’t normal. We continue to grow because people experience God and their lives are impacted and changed forever. We’ve already baptized 33 folks and added 68 new members this church year. That’s not normal!

Our volunteers aren’t normal. They show up way too early and stay way too late. They work hard and are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish God’s mission for our church. And all of that with a humble heart and a fulfilled spirit. Our giving patterns aren’t normal. We’re not broke. We’re blessed. We give – sacrificially and joyfully. We have folks that give not because they have to, but because they get to. We give because God has blessed us and is showing us a vision that can literally change thousands of lives forever.

I challenge you to be here this weekend as we engage in a new series called “Larger Than Life.” We’ll spend the next 21 days getting ready for Easter and preparing ourselves for the miracles that lie ahead. I truly believe that God is preparing us in advance for what he has planned for our church and for each and every one of us. Things are getting ready to heat up around here!

That’s not normal. But then again, neither was Jesus.

1 comment:

Jo said...

I dont want to be normal anymore. I guess I am in the right place.