This post is LONG overdue and I apologize for the wait. Here is my last post in a series about things I learned from the 2015 Peachtree Road Race.
I mentioned in my previous posts about my positive and negative experiences with the race. Now I want to go in a different direction and talk about my overall feel for the race. As I mentioned before, the race had to be restarted due to lightning in the area. What I have not mentioned is the excitement of the crowd. In spite of a constant downpour, when my race stage restarted, the announcer asked the crowd of several thousand if we were excited to be running the race and there was a earth-shaking “YES!” that came from the runners. It was clear that everyone was still excited about running the race in spite of the bad conditions.
Now, think about your church. Would your people yell “YES!” if they were asked whether or not they were excited about church today? Or would they just shrug their shoulders and yawn? There is nothing–I mean NOTHING–more exciting on the planet than the local church! Church is where change takes place and where eternities are transformed from death to life. People come to your church every Sunday who have been broken by sin but can find hope and healing through the love and grace of Jesus Christ. There is no place else on earth where people can get a brand-new start through Jesus than the local church so we should be excited about it.
Nothing else compares. Runners will endure long delays and pouring rain to get the prize at the end of the race: a t-shirt. But the local church offers eternal life through Jesus–a much better prize. There is nothing more exciting than helping people find and follow Jesus!
Question: Is your church building excitement through its services every Sunday? If not how can you begin to build excitement?
I’d love to hear how your church is building excitement. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below to let me know about it. Thanks!