I am about a third of the way through Pop Goes the Church by Tim Stevens of Granger Community Church. I am really enjoying the book and identify with what Tim has to say about engaging our community through popular culture. I think that most church people have so disengaged with culture that they have problems connecting with the unchurched and their children. Stevens quotes from Matrix of Meanings frequently throughout the book, which appears to be a jumping point for this book.
Our small group been going through a study of the tough sayings of Jesus and today we read Luke 12:49-53 and the words of Jesus stuck out to me where He says, "how it consumes me." What does it mean to be consumed with something? There has been something stirring within me over the past several weeks that is becoming that consuming passion. It is the desire to reach the unchurched within our community. I am beginning to see my role of marketer as being an advocate for people outside the walls of AHBC. I have got to focus on reaching people who have never known the Lord, not just connecting with "free agents," or the "dissatisfied." There is a quote from Steve Furtick in PGTC stating everything that they do is about getting more people at the church so that they can see more people experience the life change that comes with knowing Christ. I am consumed by a longing to witness lives being changed, to connect people to the Gospel and to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
There’s a stirring deep within me
could it be my time has come?
When I’ll see my gracious savior
face to face when all is done.
Is that His voice I am hearing?
Come away my precious one.
Is he calling me?
Is he calling me?
What has been stirring within you lately?