Two or three letter combinations are all the rage these days. Seems like everywhere I turn these letter combinations make an appearance. I am not knocking them or making light of them. I’m just saying they show up a lot. What are they?
Attention Deficit Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
My purpose is not to diagnose or treat either here. I’ll let the “experts” do that. The word that I want to focus on is ATTENTION. It is no secret the church is divided. I’m not talking about the denominational differences. I’m talking about the local church and its focus. Some focus on Worship (music). Some focus on helping the poor. Some focus on Bible study. Some focus on Small Groups. Some focus on preaching. The list goes on and on. Tragically, so many churches are so divided they really don’t know who they are or who they are trying to reach. So they end up floundering and reaching no one.
I think, and since I am not an expert I can be challenged, one of the biggest things a church needs to do first is figure out who they are. They need an identity, something that sets them apart from other organizations. My goal over the next four weeks of sermons is to take one chapter of Colossians a week and probe that question: who are we?
Ronald Reagan is credited with saying:
It is amazing how far a company or organization can go if no one cares who gets the credit.
It is sad the church is not much different in some areas as corporate America: some people crave credit and back slaps for something they do. I like what Proverbs 27:2 says: “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips.” Wise advice! I think a lot of it comes from motive-who do we want to get the attention? There is no doubt in my mind the attention should not be focused on me or any other human that’s for sure. Definitely not me! This Sunday I plan to study Colossians 1 and see our focus should be on God’s work [verses 9-14] found in Paul’s prayer; and ultimately we need to focus on Jesus [15-20]. I like what D.L.Moody once said: “I am going to make Jesus so attractive that men will turn to Him.”
There is more to say about this but I will save it for another time. (No comments please) I would really appreciate your prayers for me this weekend.
How focused is your church? Do you think it has trouble with attention? Is it divided or is your leadership doing a pretty good job of keeping the attention where it belongs?
Oh yeah! Dan is back with this banner. Thanks Dan.