See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
-- Isaiah 43:19
This Sunday marks Velocity Christian Church's 10th Anniversary as a community of faith focused on helping people find Jesus and love God. But what is it that Velocity (or every Bible-believing church in the world) will celebrate this weekend--and every weekend to come for that matter?
It's the radical notion that God loves his creation so much that he sent his only Son to personally pay for the mess we've all made of our lives and a once unspoiled creation. With this immense price now cleared from our individual accounts, every believer--through faith in Jesus Christ--is free to serve as his hands and feet throughout the community and even the world. Velocity is part of a universal body of believers. And it's nothing less than a church on the move!
Although that's great news, Christ-followers allover are in a predicament these days. Relativism rules America, and that which is obviously right or wrong is no longer considered so black and white. Popular culture brands those who believe in Jesus and his teachings as old-fashioned and intolerant. And those who dare to point out our nation's retreat from God are called bigots, hate-mongers and other slurs.
Of course, Christ-followers should be happy to plead guilty to holding certain narrow and politically incorrect beliefs. One is that faith in Jesus is the only way to God. And that's Good News that the world can't tolerate.
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil," responds God, "who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."
Although we live in troubling times, it's particularly reassuring to know that God continues to do a new thing through his people called Velocity. As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary as a faith community, Jesus encourages us to continue being salt and light to a distorted world in need of guidance, truth and character. People are watching to see if our words match our deeds. May it be that we celebrate the Good News of our Savior through changed lives marked by love in action!