Different from every other Church
Updated: Oct 25, 2018
One of the more interesting questions that I have been asked during this process is "How will this be different from every other church?" It was a fair question, but it gave me pause. My goal is not to do something different from every other Church. In fact there's a lot that I want to reproduce in Denver, but I don't want to blindly copy what has worked here, either.
Throughout the generations, people have made the "Church" to be a lot of things... and in the times that man has strayed from God's intent, much harm was done to individuals, to communities and to the world. The Church that the world needs most right now is not the one that seeks to be different from every other church, but for churches to commit to being what He intended in the first place.
Fortunately, God does not leave us to figure it out on our own. The New Testament in the Bible offers several metaphors to describe what the Church is supposed to be:
A family where God is the Father and we're all sons and daughters. (Galatians 6:10, Matthew 12:49-50, 2 Corinthians 6:18)
A building whose foundation is Christ and we are the building materials. (1 Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:19-22)
A body, who has Christ as it's head and us as it's members/parts. (1 Corinthians 10:17, Romans 12:4-5)
A bride that eagerly awaits and is preparing for [Christ] her groom. (Revelation 21:9)
And that's exactly what we want to be. Our goal is not to be different from every other Church, our goal is to become what He had in mind in the descriptions above. We'll be distinct, not because we try to be different, but because this combination of people has never been together, and will never be reproduced. What God does in and through us in this time is the thing that will make us different from every other church. ...and that's the answer to how we will be different than any other church.