We live in a crazy world! Life is faster than ever and the only constant thing seems to be change! In this individualistic society, families, communities and church are constant casualties. I’m going to ask you to dream, to hope and to have faith.
Dream of a church community where people take preference over programs, where conversation is seasoned with authenticity and deep concern, where people know they are important because they can feel it in the atmosphere, hear it in the conversations and partake of it later that day over lunch. This is the church that we want to build at CHBC as we seek to be Followers of Jesus!
What’s needed? Time. Yes, time. To be honest. Your time. Every intentional conversation helps; now don’t get me wrong, I think we do a great job of welcoming new people! We’ve had lots of feedback from newer families about a real tangible experience of welcome. However, taking the next step of a deeper connection, a spiritual encouragement, of speaking into someone’s life has not been as obvious. I am asking you to have hope; hope that the next generation at CHBC would grow up in a church where it is normal to have an older ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ come and pray for you; where a conversation over dinner turns into a late night impromptu thanksgiving session! This is the church that Jesus wants us to have and we are seeking to build at CHBC. Paul encourages us in Colossians 3:16-17…
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Have faith that our foyer is a petri dish of loving relationships, our car park is a stadium of celebration where you can invest in those around you! Let’s move beyond the politeness of our culture and embrace a deeply Jesus culture. “Whatever you do”, every welcome, every hi-five, every smile, every Happy Birthday, be done in the name of the Jesus!