Summary: The church needs to be creative in accomplishing her mission.
SERIES: IT: Finding It, Keeping It, and Sharing It
(freely adapted from Craig Groeschel’s It: How Churches and Leader Can Get it and Keep it)
“YOU’LL DO ANYTHING FOR IT”
After taking a break last week to honor our mothers, we’re back into our series – IT: Finding It, Keeping It, and Sharing It. The first message was called, “What Is It?” We defined it this way – “It is what God does through a rare combination of certain qualities found in his people.” Those qualities are: 1. A passion for his presence 2. A deep craving to reach the lost 3. Sincere integrity 4. Spirit-filled faith 5. Down-to-earth humility 6. Brokenness.
Our second message began a study of the traits that marked churches that had it and learn how we can develop those traits in our congregation The first trait was a God-given, God-breathed vision and we said that “You Can See It Clearly.” The second trait was the importance of teamwork and we said that “We Experience It Together.”
We look at a third trait this morning: innovation. Innovation is important because “You’ll Do Anything For It”. Someone said, “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what
you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”
Wikipedia defines innovation as the process of making improvements by introducing something new. If there is any group in the world that should be motivated to make improvements by reflecting God’s creative nature, it should be Christians.
The Latin term for expressing the idea that human beings are created in the image of God is Imago Dei. Since we are made in the image of God, who is a creative creator, we too can conceive creative ideas.
Psychologist, physician, and consultant Edward de Bono said, “There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”
When we are creative, we reflect God. Creativity leads to innovation and innovative churches tend to have it. It is born out of their passion to please God, reach people, and help those in need. Increasing passion produces increasing creativity to reach people.
The apostle Paul obviously had it. And he often did things in new ways. He changed his approach to reach different people. 1 Cor. 9:19-23 – “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the
law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.
To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am
under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have
become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the