Did you take Chemisty in high school or college? Remember the seemingly endless lectures? The complex equations on the blackboard? (yeah…when I went to college there were still blackboards.) I hated Chemistry…at least the lecture part. But chemistry lab was a whole different story. Chemistry lab was exciting. Test tubes and Bunsen burners, experiments and chemical reactions made even the most boring equation from the text book come alive.
I’m thinking that the next 8 weeks of actionchurch should be less “lecture”…more lab. Sure I’ll still be talking about important issues like praying to God, hearing God speak, and experiencing God’s presence and power. But it won’t be all lecture. actionchurch needs a place to meet. Next Sunday is the end of our lease. We are currently being asked to find a new home over the next 8 weeks. It’s a difficult situation. A “God-sized” problem. If prayer doesn’t “work”…if God doesn’t still speak and shape events in our world today we are in great trouble!
Let’s think of the next 8 weeks as “Lab”. Every day…not just Sundays. (Remember 7>1!) Instead of preaching sermons each week and holding separate “business meetings” to update you on the state of our venue search I will give a short update each Sunday about where we are in our search and what folks can pray for…what folks can do. Each week we will put what we learn from scriptures “in the lab”…see if it really “works” in 2009. As a church we have the opportunity to see God “react” in real life.
The prophet Elijah made this statement before his life or death contest with 400 pagan priests of baal.
“21 Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.” 1Kings 18:21
I love that. Elijah was willing to put his faith to the test…to put his belief in God “in the Lab”. It sounds like a very “actionchurch” thing to do. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer the next few weeks will be a very interesting opportunity…a chance to take the scriptures to the “lab”.
You also might want to wear safety goggles. It’s been a few years since Chemlab for me but If I remember correctly I tend to break stuff and cause explosians :-)