Changing the Narrative… Together!

Anyone remember my last blog post? What I shared last week? Maybe the portion of it that Pastor Kyle shared in his message last Sunday?

It’s okay if you don’t. I’m cool with that. I don’t expect people to remember every word I write… I can’t remember things I said yesterday more than I care to admit.

But I want to draw from it here. I wrote about the possibility of us, as Renovation Church family, changing the narrative. Redefining what people think of Christians. Loving in such a way that causes people, even those who disagree with our faith, to be unable to deny that we are important to our community, and that we make a difference.

Because I think that’s a very real dream we should have.

Not because other churches don’t do it right. Not because we’re better than anyone else. Not because we’re extra special. And no, not because God loves us more.

Because none of those things are true. If any of us begin to think so, we need a stern rebuke… maybe even a swift kick in the behind.

You see, it’s important for us to have a dream like that because we have a God who can use us for just that. Not on our own. Not of our own wisdom. Not because of extraordinary talents.

But because that’s just the kind of thing God can do when people pursue Him with great faith, laser-like focus, radical love, and obedience.

God can do that through Renovation Church.

Do you believe it?

I do. And here’s why. It goes back to the Scripture passages I referenced last week. The Scripture passages Kyle referenced on Sunday. The same Scriptures we talked about in Community Groups.

1 Corinthians 12 and 1 Corinthians 13. Read them. Seriously.

I’ll recap.

Paul writes to the church at Corinth, and in 1 Corinthians 12 he’s talking about the church. He identifies all the amazing gifts God gives to his people to use through the church. Wisdom. Knowledge. Faith. Healing. Miracles. Prophesy. Discernment. The list goes on and on. But all of these gifts are enabled by the same God through the working of the same Holy Spirit.

On to the church. Made up of many individuals, all with these different gifts enabled by the God we love and serve, all unique, and all important. Many parts, one body. Not functioning properly unless EVERY part functions properly. Every part hurting when one part hurts. Every part rejoicing when one part rejoices. Operating in a more excellent way: love. And ALL under the headship of Jesus, who leads us all.

Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule in churches? 80% of the work tends to be done by 20% of the people. In some churches, it’s even worse… maybe more like 90/10.

This isn’t Biblical. It’s not the way God intends the church to operate. But it’s reality for most church bodies.

If we want to be the kind of church that changes the narrative, the 80/20 rule can’t apply at Renovation. We can’t have 80% of the things we need to do as a church done by 20% of the people who are part of our church. Imagine that kind of system working in a human body, much the way Paul described the church in 1 Corinthians 12. The head of the church works, of course, as the head is Jesus. But a body with 20% functionality? Imagine 20% heart capacity. 20% lung capacity. 20% of fingers and toes functioning. 20% strength. Not a pretty picture, is it?

If Renovation Church (and more specifically, Renovation PEOPLE) is going to change the narrative, we’ve got to have 100% of our body functioning well. We’ve got to be filled with members who are participants… not observers and consumers (as Kyle preached).

And not just on Sunday mornings.

Because here’s the fact. We simply don’t have enough roles for people to serve in on Sunday mornings if we have 100% participation.

But church isn’t just about Sunday now, is it?

That’s how Renovation can change the narrative.

100% of church members functioning as Jesus intends. 100% of the time.

Reaching people throughout the week in love.

Serving people throughout the week in love.

Bringing healing to people throughout the week… in love.

Meeting needs. Sharing Christ. Listening. Visiting. Caring. Sharing.

Simply BEING the church to a world that needs to see it. And BEING the loving hands and feet of Jesus that they’ve so desperately missed.

We can do this!

Are you excited? Do you believe it’s possible? Are you in?

Because that’s what it takes.

All of us. All in.

We change the narrative… TOGETHER.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on the Renovation Voices section of the Renovation Church website. I serve as an elder at Renovation, and write fairly regularly on topics relevant to our church as a member and leader there.]

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