This sermon begins our series, REthinking Church, and is based on Romans 12:9-16.
Once upon a time there was a church that changed the world, but that was a long time ago. It was a church characterized by love, by unity, by compassion, by prayer and by social engagement. It was the place where God’s grace was always on display and quite tangible. Today, church is different. Shane Claiborne once said, “The church is like Noah’s ark. It stinks; but if you get out of it, you’ll drown.” I think many people would agree. We need the church, but it’s hard to love the church. How did we get so far off track? More importantly, how can we rediscover those principles that made the New Testament church so vibrant and alive? REthinking Church asks us as a church to evaluate our spiritual health and hopefully will give us a vision to hear God’s call anew to be his people, his church in our world. And there is no doubt that to do that, we have to rethink how we are doing church. . See, Einstein was right: “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Join us, then, for some new thinking and some old thinking about what the church is all about.