One of the things I’ve been processing lately is the importance of serving people as Jesus did… with no strings attached.
Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him.
So often churches use what many refer to as “bait and switch” tactics: You invite someone over for dinner or a party, and then spend the evening “witnessing” to them. Or they invite someone to a party or some other kind of fun activity, but they have to attend a church service first. At the very least there is an expectation that they come to a service at a later date.
But what would it look like if a church served and loved people with no strings attached? If it just served people in order to live as Jesus did? If it helped people, counseled people, fed people, performed weddings, etc. just because it is the right thing to do?
I think it would help the world around us lower its defenses when it comes to Christianity. It would make it easier to engage people on spiritual topics. It might even open the door for people far from God to come check out a church. And we want Watermark to be that church!