Tuesday Re-mix – This is a popular post from last year, updated and resubmitted for your consideration and comments.
“There are two kinds of people in the world: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘Fine, have it your way.'” C.S. Lewis
I have often compared the process of finding consensus in a congregation to that of piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. If every believer truly does have the Spirit of God living in him/her, then he/she has access to at least a part of what God is doing in that church. I am one who believes that, in His time and in His ways, God desires to make known to His church what He is about. In other words, I believe God wants us as a church to understand His assignment for us, and I believe He gives us that understanding through much more than just the pastor or elders or deacons…He reveals His will for our church through the entire church.
In that sense, then, discerning our next step as a church is less about taking a vote (voting on God’s will is a little like voting on what time it is) and more about learning to hear God speak through everyone. It is very much as if each of us has been given a piece to a large puzzle and we see the picture of that puzzle only as we each bring our one piece to the table and see how it fits with everyone else’s. It is not so much a single event as it is a process. Building consensus in the church is as simple…and as difficult…as learning to hear God speak through every Spirit-filled person among us, and then seeing the collective picture which begins to …