Not the annoyingly painful, sometimes disease-ridden insect. Nor is it the first part of Tock…as in…you know. Tick…as in…
WHAT MAKES YOU TICK?
When my girls were growing up I have to admit there were times I reverted to the same old hackneyed phrase my parents used on…my brothers. Bug them enough and the words that come out of their mouth were words every child has heard down through the annals of time…BECAUSE I SAID SO!!
Tell me you didn’t use them. If I told you i didn’t use them and you believed me, I have some swamp land in Arizona I would sell you. Sight unseen. Sometimes questions are asked to annoy. Sometimes they are asked because the person didn’t listen the first time. Sometimes they are asked because the answer they received wasn’t what they wanted to hear. (All the above can be applied to children).
BUT. SOMETIMES. QUESTIONS. ARE. ASKED. BECAUSE. AN. ANSWER. IS HONESTLY. DESIRED.
Here’s one for example: What makes a church tick? Stated another way: what makes a church vital on a daily basis? Or we could ask: What gives a church life? To any reader of this blog, it is no secret that I pastor a church in Spencer, IN. Small town USA. Seemingly inoculated against the bigger city thought processes. Not so fast! We may be small town USA but our neighbor is Bloomington, home of one of the most liberal towns and institutions on the planet. So while we may not have much influence in Btown, Btown’s influence spreads here. And frankly, I don’t care if you live and get an education in a town like Btown or you work there and bring it home to Owen County, the church still must know why it exists. For while many joke with “Well, it is Owen County,” we all put our pants on the same way (I presume).
In preparation for our Celebration/Open House/Cookout on the 23rd, celebrating our renovation and inviting the community to share in it with us, I will be spending the next two weeks probing this topic. What makes us tick? Put another way: why do we exist? I’d like to give you a preview of what God has been teaching me though the summer:
OUR PURPOSE (this Sunday and this is new): We exist to bring fame to the Name of Jesus. To save space here are the Scriptures: Psalm 29:2; Psalm 72:17; Psalm 145:7; and Isaiah 66:19. We exist for God’s glory and to spread the fame of His Name. It is not to provide good music, to look good, to have great sermons, or even to collect monster offerings. I repeat: our sole purpose is to bring God glory.
Next week: Our Mission and Vision has changed. I have felt God’s prompting to do that.
I would deeply appreciate your prayers for us. There is a move of God’s Spirit evident and I don’t want it to just be because we have a renovated building. That would be totally worthless and meaningless. I want to see lives Transformed. Question: What makes your church tick? Do you know your church’s purpose for where it is?