Pastor Michael began his sermon by stating that he has been to a variety of churches over the years. The common thread between all of the denominations was that they were designed for church people. It seemed like those churches were always against something whether it was music, dancing, alcohol or divorce. They were constantly trying to alienate entire groups of people. If you didn’t believe and behave like them then you couldn’t join their church. That is an example of the church being a kirche and trying to control everything rather than being a movement. Pastor Michael wanted FBC to be part of the movement so he asked himself some important questions such as who is the church for and who gets to be a part of it?
He further defined ekklesia to mean called out. We are a gathering of people who are following our Savior and being called out to be full of grace and truth. Many churches tend to lean towards one side or the other. The all truth churches only see things as either right or wrong with no gray areas. They will tell you how wrong you are and won’t help you through the challenges in life. They are judgmental and give no grace. On the opposite end of the spectrum are the churches that are full of grace. They are over flowing with love and accept you with open arms. They do not have a moral code making it difficult to grow and mature your relationship with Christ. As Christians we are called out to learn how to be both which opens up the opportunity for a lot of gray area. The gray area is messy and is not always fair, but that is how the movement of Jesus is. Not all people are at the same place in life. There has to be different ways to reach people that are not cut and dry or full of rules. There are days when you need to give someone the truth and there are days when you need to give them grace.
It should be easy to turn to God. When churches are full of rules and regulations, you will always fall short. When there are no rules then it becomes difficult to deepen your faith. In order to be a part of the movement, you need to be comfortable with messy areas. When you are at a low point in your life it is messy, but you still need love and forgiveness. Jesus accepts you where you are at in life. You are not here by accident. Jesus found you and reached your holy spirit. You are important to His movement. It goes beyond just attending church on Sunday. You need to go out and be a missionary for Jesus. By adopting the principle of grace and truth then you can bring the message to those who need it.