The church has a unique role in the world. We have been given the responsibility to be God’s witness on earth. We who make up the church are to be the incarnation of God’s Good News of love for all. The purpose is that all of humanity will come into a reconciling knowledge and relationship with the source of life, Jesus Christ.
Thus, the church is called to be flexible, teachable, and open to every means and method that will make the Gospel relevant to a new generation. The church is also called to be faithful so that God in Christ through the Holy Spirit might be revealed to the world and be transformed by the Good News of God’s Love. In Christ, the church is called to be pioneering, creative, innovative, state-of-the-art for Christ’s sake.
The Apostle Paul set the stage for this when he said,
“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means, I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22
Paul was not afraid to be different and step outside of the usual expectations. The Apostle wanted the Good News heard by those who had not heard it proclaimed and Christ to be introduced to those who had not known him yet. In other words, Paul was not afraid of the people’s ridicule, nor was he afraid of God’s condemnation. Paul was willing to take a risk. Is your willing to church, take a chance, and risk?
I have come to believe that too many churches are either too tired, too afraid, or hold too long to a process that is no longer relevant to a new generation. Instead of risking churches, too often, concerns pit themselves in a false dichotomy of their survival and the Good News and truth of God’s Love. God’s Good News is the hope of every church, and when we go for broke seeking to fulfill our mandate, we succeed.
Churches and leaders that are willing to go for broke are chance takers, risk seekers, idea innovators. I can hear the response of someone being, but we might fail. When did failure stop being a part of the formula for success? Failure is one ingredient of success. God has not given up on humanity or the church. So too, we must go for broke in our willingness to try and live into God’s call to go and make disciples.
“Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.” -Matthew 7:7
What will it take for your church to go for broke? What are you willing to risk and possibly surrender to do God’s will? Remember, God has not given us a spirit of fear.
May I encourage all of us this Easter season to reflect on the Resurrection, power, and what it represents in aiding your church to reimagine your church-going for broke.