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Vision within a Community

1 Cor. 13:26

When you come together each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 1 Corinthians 13:26

I believe this verse will form the fundamental reason for making this documentary. “What On Earth Are We Doing Here” is about enabling the church from a community to form a vision in what needs to be done to impact an increasingly secularised culture.

The church NEEDS to be countercultural. Some may view this by being completely separate from the world. In essence this is true but we need to be IN it. Above all we need to show love. So how do we go about doing that? I’m reading a book called Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller at the moment. In one chapter where he writes about greed  I was reminded the love Jesus showed to Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was one of the most wealthiest but most hated members in Jericho yet Jesus wanted to build a relationship with him. Could we do that? Where are our priorities lying? Are we like Zacchaeus and striving after personal successes or are we striving towards spiritual ones?

I was at The Prodigy Conference in Londonderry/Derry where the focus was put upon sparing Christians on to step out and be an effective presence in our churches and communities. In a seminar by Barry Weir (Green Pastures) I sat there realising I’m not doing enough. Barry wasn’t putting on the guilt but inspiring those in the room. God is working through Barry and his team to impact the Ballymena community, there’s a lot we can learn from them and his ideas may feature in the documentary.

This documentary journey is as big a challenge to me as I hope it will be to the church. Two words from last week that really stood out was “Community” and “Vision”. Can we say that in our church there is a great sense of community? Our churches may be filled with such a variation of generations. Are those generations communicating, building one another up to be greater disciples? In my own experience this is not a natural thing to do but I think its important for us to realise the need for this sense of community. If we aren’t able to get on with our community in the church, how then are we supposed to be able to impact a community outside its doors?

Barry Weir posed the question;

“If you asked your church what it’s vision was, would they be able to give an answer?”

If a church doesn’t have a vision, where is it going? I’ve been challenged by this in my own personal life. I believe if we don’t live with purpose, then it seems we fall into a form of contentment where we are happy to go through the motions of life and not think any more of it. Correct me if I’m wrong, but would you say church can be like this too? Do we asess what purpose of our church has in our community or are we content with just turning up every Sunday for a meeting?

This documentary will probably ask more questions than answer but hopefully we can come to some conclusion in our own lives. I guess the only way of showing my reasoning for this all is that I share the vision for “What On Earth Are We Doing Here”. Essentially, documentary is about amazing stories and interesting characters. Over the next few months my aim is to find such stories that can encourage and invigorate the church into action. I’ve already came across an amazing story of a church in Northern Ireland, I’ll not go into details but basically within two days I heard the same story from two very different people who are unconnected. Some may call it coincidence, I call it God. There’s exciting times ahead people!

Dave Holden gives great insight into how a church should disciple in a purpose driven journey.

If you want to be part of the journey get in contact. I’m wanting to hear meaningful stories of churches and people willing to make a difference in our wee country!