Mar 03 2017
I DON’T WANT YOU TO COME TO MY CHURCH
I think the easy assumption since I’m a pastor is that I want everyone to come to my church. I really don’t. We don’t actually have enough room for the people we already have. But my church isn’t a place anyway. It’s a people. We are the church when we gather and when we go.
We are apprentices of Jesus in the way of life of walking with God and others. Church is not where we go, it’s who we are. That’s why we say that our church is in Mission Viejo, in Ladera Ranch, in San Clemente and in Aliso Viejo while our main meeting place is in San Juan Capistrano. Wherever our people go, our church is.
So while we are looking for a new home base of operations for our church, that place will never be our church. It will be a central place for our church to gather. But we will also gather in homes, parks, and playgrounds to be together with God and each other. In all those places we are still the church.
When you are walking with God, neither the destination nor the journey are the point. The “with God” part is. Both are opportunities to walk with him and trust him. The “with God” part is what we are after. It’s what the life of faith is all about, and it can make your life meaningful and impactful whether you are in a prison or a palace.
Sunday we will begin a two part series that will lead us up to Easter about this way of life we are inviting people into. My prayer is that you will be inspired, challenged and equipped to walk with God and others in a way that simplifies and clarifies what this way of life is all about. It all started with a man named Abraham . . .