Thursday, July 30, 2009

This Week at Twin Cities - July 30, 2009

Hey Gang,

Have you been to the Wax Museum in San Francisco? If so, you’ve seen wax figures that look strikingly similar to the people they are fashioned to look like. It’s uncanny and even the most critical eye can be convinced the figures are alive. The truth, though, is that they look alive on the outside, but there is nothing living below the surface. They look like the real thing but in reality they are dead.

This Sunday, as we step through our “Mind the Gap” series, we’re going to focus on Revelation 3:1-6. The Apostle John recorded the words of Jesus as He delivered a message to the church in Sardis. Even though this message was given 1900 years ago, the implication and directives from Jesus are so relevant for us today.

We believe the “church” is the hope of the world when it’s working right. Unfortunately, in some cases (more often than you might realize) the church is not working right. In fact there are churches all over our land that look good, look like the real thing, look like things are going well, but in reality they are dead or dying. Jesus has some very strong words to churches like that.

I hope you’ll be here this Sunday because, as we’ve learned, the church is not a building or an organization or programs. The church is people. You and I are the church. We would never want to look religious and keep religious sounding doctrines, only to discover that we’re really not alive. We’re going to focus on the gap between reputation and reality.

We’re also handing out 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting guides so we can begin preparing our hearts for 40 Days of Love, which begins on September 13. This spiritual campaign has the power to move us beyond the superficial to the impactful.

See you Sunday!

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