Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Danger, Grace Staff, Danger! (introduction)

Over the next several days on my blog I am writing directly to our staff here at Grace Ministries. Please keep that in mind as you read. The following posts are not directed to the entire Grace Church family, onr is it directed to the world of Christendom. This is me as the Senior Pastor writing my heart to my staff. I have asked them to make it a point to read each of these upcoming blog posts.

Why am I using this venue? Because I simply want to give you the opportunity to be the proverbial “fly on the wall.” Haven’t you ever desired to do that? To be the “fly on the wall” for morning security briefings in the Oval Office? To be the “fly on the wall” in the locker room at halftime when the team is getting smoked on the field? To be the “fly on the wall” for some secret, controversial, behind-closed-doors meeting? Well, it’s not real glamorous, but here is your chance to be the “fly on the wall” for the ‘semi-private’ talk I would have with our staff.

I am not a sci-fi lover in any way, shape or form, but back when I was a kid one of my favorite televisions shows was called “Lost In Space.” It was kind of like Gilligan’s Island but on another planet rather than a deserted island and without the controversy of who was better looking, Ginger or Mary Ann (by the way, if you don’t know the answer to that controversy, it was Mary Ann…that’s a “no-brainer”).

The show involved the Robinson family and a spooky guy named Doctor Smith who was lost somewhere in outer space. There was a kid among the group who was lost in outer space whose name was Will Robinson. There was also a robot with slinky type arms. Whenever something harmful was on the horizon, the robot would wave his arms up and down and repeat the words, “Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!”

In a lot of ways, Grace Church seems like it is in another dimension. God is blessing our socks off and we are seeing amazing growth, new people flooding in, and lives being radically changed. God is allowing us to seriously meet many, many people right where they are and help move them to where He wants them to be. God has put a 5-year vision in our hearts and spirit and is even causing the implementation of this plan to be sped up beyond what our timeframe was. That’s exciting but, honestly, it is also pretty scary. Things are moving so rapidly and our church is changing so quickly that sometimes it can seem to us in the office day in and day out like we are “Lost in Ministry”.

When the Robinson family and Doctor Smith were Lost in Space, there were dangers surrounding them. Good thing for them “The Robot” was there to give them some warning in advance. As our church takes off, I want to play the part of “The Robot” and swing my “non-slinky” arms up and down and yell, “Danger, Grace Church Staff, Danger!” There are some very real dangers that are all around us and over the next few posts I want to alert us as staff to these dangers so that we will not give the evil one a foothold into our lives or in our ministries. So here we go - “Danger, Grace Staff, Danger!” Be sure to read the next 5 blogs.


Corey said...

With respect to our "ministry", here is something for professing Christians to ponder:
True or False: The essence of the Christian message is that you are to love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind; and to love your neighbor as yourself.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

Corey said...

Regarding the above question: "True or False: The essence of the Christian message is that you are to love God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind; and to love your neighbor as yourself."

The answer would be FALSE...

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