I never tire of hearing how God is using the gospel message our church to transform lives. Just this past Easter, I heard about a lady who had come to our Good Friday service at Red Hat, was intrigued by the message, and then came to all four worship services throughout the Easter weekend. She attended Starting Point the next week and gave her life to Christ.
We love to hear and celebrate stories like this, but every time I hear one, I also wonder, Are we still the kind of church that feels like God has given each of us responsibility in mobilizing for mission? Or have we begun to drift into maintenance mode?
You see, back when we were a church of just 300, that core group felt like God had something, specifically, for us to do. We saw the lostness in our city and we were not okay with it. We knew that God had put us here for one reason—to follow him as he drew people to Christ.
Now that we are a church of nearly 11,000, we have a natural inertia. Some people think we can do just about anything. But if we lose the missionary edge that those initial 300 had, we will cease to be a congregation and only be a crowd. The larger we get, the harder we have to work to ensure that we stay true to our mission of making disciple-making disciples, here in RDU and around the world.
As a response to what the Holy Spirit is doing in us, and because I never want us to grow complacent in what God has done among us, we are embarking together on an season called First.
First will be a two-year journey in which we approach God with one question: “What would it look like to really follow the Holy Spirit by putting Jesus first in our lives?” I am praying that God would enrich our faith, so that we would walk forward with the same courage and risk that those first 300 Summit members displayed. There are still millions of lost people in the Triangle, and I want us to be a people who says, “I am not okay with that.”
As we grow to see Jesus Christ as first in our lives, I truly believe we will see thousands more come to trust him as first in theirs as well.