On Sunday we talked about a “Magnetic Community” — one where God is central and His people radiate from relationship with Him. We talked about how if we’re going to see a church the way God intended it, we must start with being honest about God’s place in our lives. Secondly, we must be intentional about church (choosing to connect beyond the worship gatherings and choosing to love and engage with others). Thirdly, we must be magnetic to those who are outside.
This third area is a tough one for many. Because often when you are a part of a church, you quickly become connected and involved. And before you know it, life revolves around the various church activities, your friends become primarily or even solely “church people” and ever so subtly we forget about those who don’t know Jesus. The huge problem with this is that the church is part of God’s master plan to make sure the Gospel message is communicated and the world is given opportunity for hope and life. If we don’t do something about it, there is no one coming after us to get it done. It’s our call, our job and I think the evil one has subtly lulled many Christians asleep to a dying world without Christ. I think it’s even gotten to the point of well-meaning Christians beginning to believe, you don’t really need Jesus to have life and get to heaven. Not that they don’t need Jesus, but that some begin to believe that there are many roads, many ways to life and heaven and Jesus is just one of many. Okay, maybe we don’t believe that, but many seem to LIVE as if that’s true. If we stay silent, that is the message we’re sending: “somehow you’ll be okay without Jesus, and I don’t want to offend you, so I’ll just let you live without knowing what I know.”