On Sunday we talked about the Local Church during our Multiply series. I invited those in attendance on Sunday to answer six questions and then to hand in their answers at the end of the service. 47 people handed in their answers. If you did not have time to answer the questions during the sermon or perhaps you were not able to attend CLC on Sunday. Here are the questions. Feel free to answer them and email them to Cory at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Would you say that your church is more inwardly focused or outwardly focused? Why do you say that?
- Would you say that the life of your church is characterized by love? Why or why not?
- What steps can you take to be an example of love in your church? Whether you are an official leader in your church or not, how can you lead others in being more loving?
- Take some time to think about your church and our unique cultural setting. What would it take for our church to be united, and for that unity to be displayed to the unbelieving world?
- Do you ever feel like a salesperson when sharing your faith? What steps can you take to change this?
- What would it mean for our church to live as a compelling community—a group of people who demonstrate love, unity, and hope in such a way that the unbelieving world is compelled to find out what is going on?
There were so many great and insightful answers to these questions on Sunday. It was a joy to read the responses this morning. I need to share an answer to question number six with you in this blog. It grabbed me and got my attention. It happened to be a response from one George Maxim, who is one of CLC’s Elders.
Here is his response to question #6
“I pray that our church would attract people who know him, those that do not know him, those that need him and especially those that don’t think they need him” – George Maxim
In that one sentence George summarized all that I believe God is calling CLC to become.
CLC – Reaching UP/Reaching IN/Reaching OUT