By helping people I donâ€™t mean false sentimentality, rainbows, prancing unicorns, or an effeminate blurring of gender roles. God has given us the way to help people, and it is by authentically loving our â€œneighborâ€ (Luke 10:29). The most powerful show of love is for a person to share with another person how to have all of their sins forgiven, how to live a life with purpose, and to introduce them to their own Creator.
As a church, Daybreak is firmly rooted on the Bible and itsâ€™ teachings. To argue and fight for this (at our church) would be synonymous to â€œbombing rubbleâ€ after you have already won the war. We are also a church that loves people as evidenced by our ministries and stories of how our people are serving their neighbors.
But hereâ€™s where I think we are. Are we willing to change how we prefer to worship, experience God, song selections, socialize, and even express our love for God in order for someone else to feel more comfortable? Somewhere along the way, someone changed how they worshipped God (our services arenâ€™t in Latin) in order to reach new people for Christ. One of the most powerful ways we love and help our neighbor is to give up our preferences, in order that he may be able to understand and know his Creator.
Our vision is to be constantly changing, for the purpose of reaching
Change is hard for most people. Here are some things to think about:
1. Christ calls us to lay our lives down for others (1 John 3:16)
2. Paul as an example shows us how (1 Corinthians 9)
3. Things that are alive change, if they donâ€™t they die. (what would you say about an infant that remained an infant for 5 years? â€“ would not something be wrong?)
4. You already believe in Christ, and by your willingness to change, others can come to believe as well. You can be missional simply by being willing and open to change.