Sunday, April 24, 2011

Boldness and Creativity

You are only as strong as your purpose, therefore let us choose reasons to act that are big, bold, righteous and eternal.  - Barry Munro

My church is a living example of living boldly and doing it big.  Elevation is known as a "megachurch".  I frankly hate the term and the connotation it carries, but that's what we are.  For Easter, the theme was 3D Easter complete with 3D glasses.  Yes, this is creative and a little different, but the message is the same.  We use lights, loud music, and creative presentation.  It's all for God.  It's all so that "people far from God will be filled with life in Christ."  It is easy to look at this type of church and say it's all about the show or it's over the top, but for Elevation it's all about the numbers.  Every number is a seed planted, a life changed, a life saved.  Every song, every creative presentation, and every glimmer of the lights is to reach people for Christ.  It is not uncommon for people to criticize people who do it differently, who go against the grain, but wasn't Jesus different?  Didn't he go against the grain?  I believe that whether you attend a traditional church with an organ and a choir or whether your church is like Elevation, we should all learn to live boldly, to do it differently.  We have to remember the message is the same.  The purpose is the same.  We are on the same team.  So, embrace each house of worship as you would a teammate live boldly and creatively for the people far from God!  Happy Easter y'all!     

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