Thursday, June 08, 2006
I love people, the last week I have spent loads of time with friends. Hanging out and doing stuff, talking planning, scheming.
Had a mad night Sunday, went to Hillsongs London which is about as far removed from what we are doing here in ibiza as you could imagine. 2000 young people all getting into some very professional music and fantastic presentation. A great preacher who had written 7 books and done loads of other stuff.
I don't know what it was but although it looked like a massive Delirious concert it just didn't feel right.
Having had time to think further I believe it is VALUES. As i have said before I have nothing against different expressions of church. Style should not define our differences but values do. I used to use a statement that I really like "You value what you do and do what you value"
We shouldn't fall out over values but they will exert influence over the type of church we are seeking to build. I believe that within the Christian world we have two types of values: actual values and perceived values.
An actual values is if we believe in something and practice it
A perceived value is if we believe in something but don't actually practice it.
Is evangelism an actual value or perceived value within the church?
Is prayer and actual value or percieved value within the church?
The same goes for Justice, Mission, Community, Bible, Accountability, Giving.
I want to be real, I want to live a life of actual values not perceived values, this is the challenge of my faith; to move beyond words to deeds.
Mr Deeds, great film.
How do I do that without beating myself up or should I beat myself up, Paul did! well not literally but he beat his body into submission. Is there room for that "no pain no gain" type of spirituality within post modern culture?
As usual more questions than answers.
As an aside they have opened a new lap dancing club in the west end called SIN, I am thinking about going with Tracy. Would Jesus have gone?
saying that we probably need to pray for a God opening into that specific culture rather than trying to force it.
An intentional missional lifestyle, I believe that is becoming more of an actual value in my life.
at 12:02 PM