Yeah, so last night at the 706...
Bryan (Rose), the uber-family pastor at Compass, is currently on vacation. A much-needed vacation, to be sure. Since his Roseship is currently out of the office, this means the care and feeding of the kids who come to the 706 fell to the only other person currently attending Compass who (a) has had any experience with these monkeys, and (b) has a heart to want to spend time with said monkeys.
So, last night, before the 706 began, I had this...moment...where I stopped. And paused. And thought about what was going on around me:
Teenagers. Laughing. Eating snacks. Playing silly games. Coming together voluntarily for a Bible study. Seeking me out to tell me about the stuff going on in their lives. Joking with me. Throwing shoes at me. All there at this church at this time in this place in their lives...
...and I was completely and utterly in charge...
...with no person watching over me...
...and it felt utterly natural. Utterly real.
I was completely at peace, and felt...at home. Like this was what I was supposed to be doing.
Anyway, I'll spare you the details on the tears that were shed, the Legos that were autographed, and the fact that I accidentally endorced vandalism.
Read on below for the outline of my notes from last night:
706 NOTES – 4-25-07: THE STORY OF YOU, Week Seven
1. LEGOS – one of my favorite toys as a kid. Period.
2. Can’t tell you the # of times had to empty out vacuum bags, number of ones dropped down heating grates.
3. Ever been to Downtown Disney in Orlando? Lego stores? HUGE bins of all kinds of shapes, colors, just reach your arm in and swirl around?
4. One of my favorite activities w/staff is the LEGO CHALLENGE (explain – divide in two piles – make a car/house – have to use parts from others piles – learn what it means to share from a common source).
5. Last few weeks we’ve told a few great stories – Jeremiah – Moses – will move on into other (David, Elijah), but for now, it’s kinda time to reflect a little.
Matthew 28: 16-17 - Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.
6. After Easter, isn’t it amazing that these people who walked w/Jesus were still questioning Him? “Are you sure He’s the Son of God?”
7. And there are the people who had a front row seat for His life.
8. We are told that Jesus’ ministry on Earth was for three years. Not sure how many of these people walked all three years, how many were there for only one.
Luke 15: 1-2 - Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
9. THX – the audience is listening.
10. How many of you have ridden in a car/plane and you sit next to some talkative person when all you want to do is sleep? (Ashley)
11. Story on news about how people will share their deepest, darkest secrets with total strangers on an airplane – because they feel its safe, they believe they won’t ever see that person again – have to deal w/consequences of sharing that.
Matthew 28: 18-20 - Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
12. I heard somewhere that in making this charge to the Disciples, Jesus was telling them to immerse others (baptize) in a community to experience the love of God. To invite them, to invite people that are different from them, into experiencing a relationship.
13. When we only associate with other Christians, when we insulate ourselves, what are we telling the world about Jesus? Are we showing Someone who welcomes?
14. The real question isn’t when do we tell people about Jesus (share testimony), but what do we tell people about Jesus? What do we say by the stories of our lives?
15. God is relational. We’re made in the image of God. We feel a NEED, a drive to relate to, to connect with other people. That’s why most of you can’t imagine the idea of a life without your cell phone.
16. We’re sort of like God’s Legos. A Lego by itself isn’t much of anything, but two or more together – that’s the foundation for something bigger.
17. Matthew 16 – when Jesus asked about who people said He was, it wasn’t because He was going through an identity crisis. I think it was because He wanted to see where He fit into peoples’ lives.
18. When we don’t tell each other about our problems, we run counter to the purpose of why we’re here. We act as a solo Lego and not as a connector.
19. Many of you have heard the statement we live in a fractured world. The world is broken (after the fall, etc.).
20. We’re here to help to put each other together.