Summary: This is the invitation of the post-modern church to a world hungry to experience something and somone beyond the empty promises of this world - Come and See!
“Come and See”
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the
light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that
through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives
light to every man was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which
was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right
to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came
from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, ’He who comes after me has surpassed me
because he was before me.’ " From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was
given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who
is at the Father’s side, has made him known. John 1:1-18
Very important words – defining the foundational elements of our theology and faith. These are words you could spend years
wrestling with and struggle through. They are foundational to our understanding of who we are. They define the very identity of
And what does it really mean to be a Christian? We wrestle with that term ‘Christian’ all the time. The word itself seems to
have lost some definition. It includes such religiously diverse collections of people ranging from the Mormon church to the
Catholic Church. It stretches to include people who practice their faith in the heritage of the Puritans as well as the stances and
advocations of the Metropolitan church. The word ‘Christian’ tells very little about who we are. People assume much and trust
little anyone who says they are a ‘serious’ Christian. Somehow the word has somehow taken on a slant of an angry political
orgnization that boycotts and pickets abortion clinics and major corporations. And Christians has really turned into some kind
of adjective… Christian radio, Christian clothing, Christian web page, Christian resources, Christian home, Christian music,
Christian restaurants… Christian pizza?
Even the church and church people are confused about who we are what we’re to be about. I remember hearing a speaker
who was talking about moving into a new church. He made appointments to meet with various members of his leadership. He
set an appointment with one of the people he didn’t know well. The gentleman walked in. The new pastor asked his guest to
share his story of faith.
This older leader began to share the different roles of leadership in which he had served. He related various committees and
programs which he headed. He described some wonderful events and services.
After about 20 minutes the new pastor interrupted him. “Excuse me Ted. This all sounds good… but you’ve been talking for 20
minutes and you’ve yet to even say the name of Jesus.”
How often are our lives and our faith centered around something we do – not around the person and deity we are called to
worship. After all, Christianity isn’t something you do, something you study… Church isn’t somewhere you go, or something
This is not a religion as the world knows religion. Christianity is about a relationship! A relationship between you and the
firstborn of creation!
Our problem is the human tendency toward reduction. We reduce what it means to be Christian to a pamphlet/map. We think
that when someone comes to faith, we’ll just hand them a manual of rules and rites to make them ‘one of the team.’ So we
spend hours, days, years, even lives defining the exact details of a map – a map of our own creation. We reduce God’s
principles and high ideals to simple to state and easy to read rules for “dummies.”
We assume that simple, easy answers which require little thinking or training must be more trustworthy than anything you have