I’m Messed Up! You’re Messed Up! We’re ALL Messed Up! (Pt 2)
(If you haven’t read – “I’m messed up, you’re messed up, we’re all messed up!” (Pt. 1) – click here & do so)
“I’m messed up, you’re messed up, we’re all messed up!” This has become a real mantra and motto of ours here of Eagle Pointe Church. The fact of the matter is that we are all messed up – we all have done things in our past that we wish we hadn’t – we all have issues and struggles going on in our lives today – we all have a areas of our lives & spiritual lives that need improvement (if not lots of improvement) – and we are all works in progress.
But rather than trying to hide that fact and put on some phony facade that says everything is great when it really isn’t – we “embrace our ‘messed-up-ness’” (I know – horrible English). We recognize and are open about the fact that we’re all messed up – but we’re also not content with being messed up. Because we are a church family – doing life together – we are helping each other through God’s power and God’s grace to get better with each and every day. I had a friend of mine, who pastors a church in Michigan, visit our church a while back. He was also able to come to one of our “Summit” services (worship, communion, and testimonies). We do these a few times a year. Afterwards he commented, “Howard, what God is doing here certainly isn’t church in the traditional sense – this is more like one big Christian 12 step program”.
To that I say, “GO GOD!” As I study the New Testament and the first century church, who were meeting in homes, doing life together, helping and serving their communities, I think they were more like one big Christian 12 step program. They were reaching people for Christ and then helping each other and others ” figure it out” and navigate their way together through this journey and adventure called the Christian life. (Stay tuned for part 3 – where we’ll cover in much more practical terms – how this model of church is lived out and maintained).
1 Peter 1:22 – “Now you can have sincere love for each other as brothers and sisters because you are cleansed from your sins when you accepted the truth of the Good News. So see to it that you really do love each other intensely with all your hearts.”