Emerging during the season of life I would describe as that of “un-knowing” all that I had previously held to be true, my Christian faith has languored under the persistence in this sort of state. In the process of change, it is sometimes essential to take apart what has been wrongly constructed, but the purpose of this deconstruction is so that something better might be put in place.My open mind toward knowledge and experience outside the bounds of childish constraints did not prove that I could know nothing, but rather that I knew nothing. I had been, in some way, deceived.
What is the purpose and the destiny of the church in the 21st Century?
I relegated the power of this truth to the breadth of my belief rather than recognizing my belief is only one small part of a whole reality that they present.
Now instead of thinking that the word of God is true because I believe it, I am beginning to humbly recognize that I believe in something that is true, not by my own power but by the grace of God which is given to reveal the person of Jesus so that I can begin to be restored to the promises of history and the present and growing reality of the kingdom. This light has already begun to burst forth in my heart and its rays are casting tender shadows whose height I cannot even begin to comprehend. There is much more here than I had previously imagined.
In the past two weekends, I have heard preachers talk about the way God has moved people through messages they have spoken in the past. With great joy, they disclose the topic they had presented, the way their message was timely, and how it effected those who heard it. By the time they finished speaking, I was wishing I had been there for one of the sermons they talked about preaching in the past. I believed they preached the outstanding sermons they said they did. I believed that God did the things they said He did. I wondered why they did...