We are all broken and we are all a mess at times....so how do you work with broken? How do you make it work?
We have been spending the last few weeks here at People Church diving into the bold statement that "This Revolution Will be Led by the Broken".
So what exactly is this revolution? This revolution is one thing, and that is Jesus. This revolution is tapping into the power of community and the church. The church is the prize. The church is where it’s at. You can’t lead a revolution if you are doing it on your own. You have to connect and get plugged into community. A lot of times, we want to disqualify ourselves from going to church because we feel like we don’t fit in, but you BELONG within community.
1. The church is vital organ, not life support.
“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” -1 Corinthians 14:26.
The church was not created to only tap into to get better, grow, and then go. The church is so much more than that. The church is breathing, it is growing, and it is alive.
You may feel like you can’t give much because you are broken, but what you have is enough to give. The church will be edified and filled up when you decide to take ownership and responsibility for it...and the best part about it is that you don’t need to have it all together.
When you come to terms with your mess, it’s not to shame you or to bring you down. Jesus doesn’t operate that way. Jesus wants you to pin-point the mess and bring it to the light, because once you do, you will understand how big it is. Through that, you will also understand that grace is bigger and greater to cover it all.
2. The church is a win-win
“God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.” -1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 (MSG).
The church is a win-win, which means when you win, we all win. You will not lose in church. Church is not simply a good idea, but a God idea. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what you are in. The beauty of the church is that favor is for everyone.
3. The church is personified
“Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” -Matthew 18:20.
The Church is so much more than a building, platform, an event, or a time slot. The church is people, and the church is personified. It is skin and bones. It is you and me. It is people. Church about the life we represent and the influence we have. Church is about our reach, the lives we touch, and the fingerprints we leave.
The revolution will be led by the broken, and the broken must be led by Jesus. The broken must be led by the Good Shepherd. Psalm 23 paints the perfect picture the Good Shepard.
The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord.
The Good Shepard will lead the broken. Jesus is leading us to the things which are good for us. He will lead us to the places that are filled with Him. He will lead us to green pastures and to still waters. He will lead us to peace. He redeems the time and He makes us right in the process. He has the directions. He navigates. He provides for us.
The revolution will be led by the broken, but the broken must be led by Jesus.
Sunday’s Worship Setlist
Love Won’t Let Me Down - Hillsong Young & Free
So Will I - Hillsong United
What A Beautiful Name - Hillsong Worship