This is from Dave Black’s blog from 6:23 AM on Tuesday, February 23:
It’s a special joy for me to witness congregations in which something dynamic and exciting is happening. (A good example is Highland Christian Fellowship.) These churches are refocusing their priorities, especially on missions. Don’t be deceived into thinking that church renewal is primary organizational, or that devising new programs will bring about new life in the church. Church renewal happens when we get beyond the surfacy and superficial, when the external becomes internal, when what was secondary becomes firsthand. And what is firsthand? Read Matt. 28:18-20. Or Mark 16:15. God wants to make us radical, life-long disciples of Jesus, people who have met God at the core of their being and whose lives and priorities match His own. For such men and women, being the people of God means more than “going to church,” or “believing in Jesus,” or “being good.” It means becoming a part of what God is doing worldwide to bring man back into a vital relationship with Himself. They are “on mission” 24/7. This mission is both personal and social. It is always redemptive. And every Christian — young or old, educated or uneducated — is called into this ministry. I’m seeing this new set of priorities in more and more churches, and I’m glad for it. “Working for God” no longer means just contributing money to pay for salaries or teaching Sunday School or working with youth. It means giving our lives to God in behalf of the world He is seeking to redeem. It means that we join with Him in that work.
It seems that for Dr. Black, “dynamic and exciting” happenings within a group of believers naturally (supernaturally?) expresses itself as “becoming a part of what God is doing worldwide to bring man back into a vital relationship”. Are you seeing this in your community of faith? How can you continue to grow in your life with other believers and in your life in the lost world?