Summary: There is a growing disconnect in people’s minds between what the church says it can do and what it can actually accomplish. This sermon addresses that issue head-on.
The Most Exciting Church
Grant van Boeschoten
January 7, 2007
There is a serious disconnect, in the world today, between what the church says that it can do, and what it is actually accomplishing.
For many people, it is difficult to get excited about church. In many peoples lives church has become a duty, an obligation and something that they know is right to do. But it has also left people feeling disillusioned and cheated.
The reason for this is that many churches today lack the authority and the intimacy with God that is necessary for the church to perform in the way that God intended it.
The result is that a group of people meet for service each week and listen to the Pastor talk about the kind of lives that they are supposed to live. The Pastor teaches from the Bible how each Christian is intended to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, casting out devils, healing the sick and living a supernatural life.
The people are excited to hear this message, for a while. But soon they realize that this message is not becoming a reality in their life, or in anyone else’s life that they know. If we were to translate what the heart is saying it might be a phrase like, “I want the real deal. I want to be a part of church that actually does the things that God says it can do.”
When vision is cast and then is not carried out, it causes a form of disillusionment to fall on the expectant heart. When the actions don’t line up with the spoken word, it causes many to doubt and to lose their passion for being a part of the church.
Who wants to be a part of church that preaches a message that it can’t live up to.
I really believe that many people that we would term as “un-churched”, do not attend because they recognize this disconnect as well.
Churches have good ministries, there are people being saved and there is good community, but without the supernatural move of God, church will not live up to what God created it for.
To put it bluntly, we are not accomplishing what God says we should be able to accomplish.
Simply put, we are not living our lives in a way that God can use us to our full potential.
You look at me and think in your head, that’s not me. Here are some questions to ask yourself?
• When’s the last time that you cast out a demon in Jesus name?
• When is the last time that you healed someone in the name of Jesus?
• Are you living up to what God says you should be?
In Mark 16 Jesus said that you should be able to do those things.
17 These signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak new languages. 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them."
Mark 16:17-18 (NLT)
There is a problem if your life doesn’t match up to the description that Jesus gave that day.
There is also a solution. To understand it we must first examine the life of Jesus.
When we look at the life of Jesus, and how he was so successful in achieving his purpose, which was to seek and to serve that which was lost and to give his life as a ransom for many…when we look at his life we see that he lived with authority.