Why is that so many people say they don’t want to come to church? Here are some people who are in the game of life but for one reason or another feel like it is better to play alone. Maybe their story is the same as yours, maybe their is someone in your life that you have said the same words.
There are NO PERFECT PEOPLE in the church. There are no perfect players in the game of life, that is why we need each other. That is why we need to be the church team that gets people just like this from just being spectators when it comes to knowing Jesus. It is our prayer that Elevation Christian Church will be that team.
What if you were a person that did not consider yourself a Christian and you decided to enroll into one of the most conservative Christian colleges in the United States. That is exactly what Kevin Roose did and it lead to the book: “The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University.” This young man chose to transfer from Brown University to attend Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University all the time planning to write about his time at the school. (You can read the full article from NPR on by clicking on this Kevin Roose’s name.)
What I thought was interesting was the final couple of sentences in the article:
But there was just a little disappointment. “They thought, given the semester with me, that they would have done a better job of converting me,” Roose says.
They may have done a better job than they thought. Even though he’s back at Brown, Roose still tries to pray every day. He says the act of prayer changes him, referring to the writings of Christian author Oswald Chambers.
“He said that it’s not so much that prayer changes things as that prayer changes me — and then I change things,” Roose says. “That’s going to be important for me — to sit down every day and think about the problems and the challenges facing other people in my life, and really trying to increase my own compassion that way.”
What the students at the school saw as a loss of conversion was actually the starting steps to a young man becoming more familiar with Jesus. We need to remember that someone coming into a relationship with Jesus is not up to us, it is up to Jesus. We are just to share with everyone who He is and then leave the rest up to Him. We give ourselves to much credit when it comes to the process of someone coming to Jesus. In John Burke’s (Pastor of Gateway Church) book “No Perfect People” there is this statement: “Our responsibility is not to make people grow or change. Our task is to create the right soil, a rich healthy environment, in which people can grow up in faith until the invisible God is made visible through his body, the church.”
Sound like Kevin Roose encountered a group of people that were tilling the soil for growth. The question that I have for each one of us is, What are you doing to prepare the soil? If you are leading people what are you doing to e create this kind of environment? Who knows your best friend, your brother or sister, or husband or wife, may be the Kevin Roose in your life.
I love being a part of a diverse group of people I think that it started by growing up in Montbello in Colorado. We were exposed to so many different people, different nationalities, and different lives that it made a huge impact on me. My mom loves to talk about the Hell’s Angels that lived down the street that came and killed the rattle snake that was next to our fence. Or about the guys that moved in the house across the street at Midnight and then in three weeks moved out around the same time of night. Just to have the police show up the next day looking for them. We were on football teams and in church groups that had tons of different people in them, we all just thought that was the way it was supposed to be in life.
Everyone’s weLcome, nobody’s perfect, anything is possible
That is what I see in Elevation Community Church. That everyone is welcome. What I want people to understand is this, I don’t care what people look like, (If you are a person that wears CHURCH clothes you won’t like this church) I don’t care where they have come from (Just so you know we all won’t be the same color), I don’t care what they have done (You can be a CEO or a CON), and I don’t care if you even believe what we believe (Everyone has to start some where). What I care about is that you feel welcome and that you realize that there are going to be “no perfect people” in this church and that starts with the Lead Pastor. Some of the people that are going to be coming to Elevation will be able to share stories about me that will exemplify that. (All family members will sign gag orders, brothers for sure) Why because I am not perfect I have never been and I never will be, in fact I am going to say right now that I am going to make mistakes when it comes to starting this church. But people need to understand that, “Anything is Possible”.
Matthew 19:26 (NLT) Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”
I do have to say that I struggled for several weeks with how I wanted to write this value and I talked with Pete Wilson and he said it so I have to give him props for the saying, and yes I used it. May we see that through a relationship with Jesus Christ anything is possible.
What area of your life do you see as impossible? Would love to walk through this with you.