February 8: target (Leviticus 7-9; Acts 15)

Would the church drift from its primary target? Would the controversy of Acts 15 (or whatever today’s controversy may be) bring it down? We have the traditionalists on one side and the progressives on the other. This issue before them is this – will Gentiles need a surgery in order to be Christian?

A few months ago, I used this analogy from Star Wars. The hero, Luke Skywalker, was leading a small band of heroic pilots into the world-destroying Death Star. If they could shoot a bomb into a narrow shaft that led to the core of the Death Star, they could destroy it. Bad guys were shooting at them. Good guys were catching on fire and exploding. It was terrifying. It was hard to concentrate on the pinpoint precision shot they were trying to make at such speed, in so much confusion. However, the voice that could be heard through the scene said, “Stay on target…stay on target.”

Over time, the church gets focused on the people who are here – what we want, the practices and behaviors that makes us who we are. But we’ve got to be sure we don’t lose sight of this being a movement focused on bringing the message of Jesus risen from the dead to those not here. That’s why we need the prayer for boldness.

Acts 15:11 – We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved…

Stay on target. Stay on target.

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