When people walk into our church I want them to hear a story… the story of their lives. The story of their life as it is and as it can be.
We will use every element possible to help create that story.
We will use music that they are familiar with to help them understand their story.
We will use scenarios and images that they are familiar with to help them recognize their story.
We will do whatever it takes, without violating Scripture, to tell them their story in a way that they “get it.”
We will begin with the familiar (the story of their life) and move to the unfamiliar… a life that has been saved and reoriented by Christ!
Beginning with the familiar is not holy. It may be ugly. It may be offensive to some. It will be an encounter filled with painful awareness for many, but it will not stop there. We will move to the unfamiliar: hope, meaning, forgiveness, grace, love, adventure, etc – all of the “things” found in Christ!
We will tell 52 stories a year. Every Sunday will be the story of someone’s life beginning with where they are and ending with where they can be through faith in and obedience to Christ!
I can’t wait to get started!
For some additional reading… check out this post that Darlene wrote in which she talks about how people who are unfamiliar with the church might see what we do as being weird (Read it here).