Bishop’s Heart

All of us have had radical, life-changing events and statements attached to those big events — that are now forever etched in our minds.  “You’re a very sick man Mr. Parsons” spoken over me by a renown cardiologist on July 29, 2016 changed everything.

In our new sermon series: “The Healthy Church” we’re going to take a candid look at Jesus words’ about natural growth and its significance to church growth.   We will also study some of the past and present day issues that adversely affect the vitals of any congregation.

Jesus, the Master Illustrator pointed His disciples to the ideal natural growth process for the kingdom of God in Matthew 6:28; Luke 12:27.  “Consider how the wild flowers grow.  They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”

“Learn how the flowers grow.  They do not toil or spin. They grow all by itself.”

(MSG) “Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? If fussing can’t even do that, why fuss at all? Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don’t fuss with their appearance—but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?

Jesus knows …. Healthy churches grow and reproduce. Growth isn’t an option for healthy churches – it’s a responsibility.  Healthy churches are not only passionate about growing their church, but also growing other churches.

So…just like I was forced to face my “actual cardio-health” 13 months ago, we must face the unhealthy areas of church-life.  Changes are inevitable if we plan to celebrate our strengths.  There are arteries and veins … and footers and building blocks … and roots and limbs of Park Lane that must be reevaluated, revived and reinforced if we plan to “grow all by itself” (just like Jesus declares).

It’s time for our next check up.  We’re praying that you will join us September 3-November 26 for another adventure.  And with great hope, we look forward to sitting alongside you for more celebrations of faith and vision!

– Ray