The answers were … irresistible
If we were a church that _______________ it would be irresistible!
Over the last week, answers to that question poured in and as each one arrived, I found myself saying, “Yes, may it be so” and in some cases, “Ouch, but yes!”
I’ve grouped the answers into… you guessed it…five categories!
- If we were a church that welcomed and loved all people, it would be irresistible! People of different race, different gender, different age, and different sexual orientation were specifically named. What would happen if we just loved on all people like that?
- If we were a church where people encountered God’s reconciling, healing, transforming power it would be irresistible! When people encounter God, lives change, and people are left with a hunger to return for more and more of it.
- If we were a church that raised our expectations of what God can do, it would be irresistible! There is a kind of fatalism in our culture that says things just are the way they are and that’s it. May we never forget that we worship and know a God of the supernatural – a God who can do beyond what we ever thought possible. May Lakeside be a place where the impossible happens.
- If we were a church that was mobilized to the streets, it would be irresistible! Our fifth core value at Lakeside is all about “outside the walls of the church” and when Christians take their faith to the streets, amazing things happen.
And then there were the fun answers.
- If we were a church that offered all nighters/that offered live theatre, it would be irresistible!
One Lakesider even re-wrote the lyrics to Robert Palmer’s song “Simply Irresistible” and included lines like, “He’s a craze you’d endorse, He’s a powerful force. He used to look good to me, but now I find Him simply irresistible, simply irresistible. His loving is so powerful, huh, it’s simply unavoidable, the trend is irreversible, the man is invincible. He’s a natural law, and He leaves me in awe, He deserves the applause.”
Thank you Lakeside. You’ve reminded us all of the exhortation one early church leadership group gave that went like this, “…we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” Acts 15:19
I look forward to seeing you at one of our venues (Central, Downtown, Worship at the Barn) on August 16. You won’t want to miss the next installment of “Clash of Kings” when we welcome a guest speaker, Vijay Krishnan (a close friend of our teaching pastor Marc Gagnon) from a church in Vaughn, ON called The Well. You can learn more about Vijay and his ministry here.
Executive Pastor, Lakeside Church