A website is a way to communicate, and we’re excited ours is up and running! Welcome to our site, and thanks to Rebekyah Brewer for an awesome job in putting it together!
Websites have been compared to electronic coffee shops, digital dinner tables, and places where people loosen their ties, toss their troubles aside, and sit and talk . And of course, none of that happens without words.
As fascinating and complex as websites are, they are simply a place where words gather, join their hands in sentences, and speak a message to those who click on the site. As amazing as that dance is, I’ve noticed the music has stopped playing, and that words sit sadly at the edge of the dance floor, waiting in vain for a partner.
They’ve had their bags packed, handed a one way ticket out of town, and pointed to the city limits with strict orders to keep going and not look back. What rules our day is not words, but feelings and emotions.
We say it this way in the church world; we want to “experience” God, or we want to have a worship “experience”. We make it clear that, “we’re not all hung up on doctrine around here”. “We’re not all hung up on theology; we just want to love Jesus and love people”!
Wonderful! Tell me about this Jesus you want to love! I’m seeking to love Him as well, and I’d like to know what you have found out about Him. What is He like? What are His characteristics? What has He done for His people? What does He demand of His followers?
And of course, we can’t answer any of those questions about our wonderful Savior without making doctrinal and theological statements about Him through the medium of words!
And what about people? What are humans like? What is their greatest need? Why are they in such distress and trouble? Ironically, all these questions about Jesus and humans are doctrinal in nature. They beg for answers, and they can only be answered with statements or doctrines or words of truth. They can only be answered with theological statements about God, and anthropological statements about man.
And by the way, I’m a huge fan of feelings, and so is the Bible. I’m not going to let anyone rob me of the wonderful emotions of love, peace, joy, and excitement that I find in Christ and in the Bible. But those wonderful feelings of peace and joy come from rock solid truths about God, or doctrinal truths about God we find in the Bible.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace (emotion), whose mind is stayed on You (doctrine/truth)”. The purest, strongest, and most enduring emotions flow from truth about God’s character.
Paul says in Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience …” Wow! I want all those wonderful emotions of love, joy, and peace filling my heart! But in order to experience them, I have to learn and know doctrinal realities and truths about the Holy Spirit: who He is, how to walk with Him and obey Him, (Galatians 5:16),and how to avoid those things that block His presence (Galatians 5:19-21).
So, as you explore our website and church, you need to know we are hung up on doctrine around here! We are hung up on the Bible; not as an end in itself, but as the way in which we know our God and Savior Jesus Christ, and all His wonderful characteristics and work.
And in Him, we find great spiritual and emotional realities of true peace, joy, love, and life. In John 6:63, Jesus said, “”It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life”.
It is those words of life we seek, and the wonderful Savior who spoke them. Come join us!