“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this; I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 NLT
I recently rented a car for a trip and discovered it pulled violently to the right when accelerating. It was a nearly brand new car with only a couple thousand miles. However, every time I would accelerate on the interstate the rental car lunged momentarily to the right. It was a bit unnerving for sure. At slow speeds everything was fine. When wanting to move faster and around traffic with construction, it felt dangerous.
As I returned the car to the rental drop-off location I surmised this car must have hit a pothole or something. I don’t think it was completely safe to drive in heavy traffic. I reported this anomaly on my review with the rental car company. Hopefully someone takes a look and gets things aligned again before sending it out on the road.
In a similar way, the modern Church today is having a bit of an alignment issue. We seem to have hit a few potholes with time. Our mission/vision alignment feels a little loose in the front end. According to Jesus' final words to the Church in the text above (Matthew 28:19-20) as He ascended to heaven after the Cross and His resurrection, no matter the name over the door off the church, if we follow Jesus and are a disciple; if the Bible is our final authority for all decisions in life, we’re on the same team. That’s the alignment Jesus had in mind for His Church.
This weekend at Journey Church Cynthiana we return to our fall series Momentum… getting from where you are to where you want to be. If you feel like you’ve had a bumpy ride lately through life, this may be a great after-Thanksgiving message for you. What are some steps to take for creating a smoother ride in my personal life, family life, and church life?
If this sounds interesting to you, join us inside and online. Journey Sat@6pm/Sun@10:30am. Maybe you’ve got a buddy you have tried to INVITE. Maybe they think church is boring? Just explain this message has the “secret sauce” for making the best hamburgers and fries in the world.
No kidding. Don’t be late. I’ve got a short video that explains what you need to get things started. Tell somebody after all that turkey and dressing you may be ready for the best burger and fries.
To become the best local, national, and global movement of any sort takes a clear blueprint to follow. I’ve got one for you this weekend. Let’s check this out.
Happy Thanksgiving Day!