Who are you? Who is your organization? Could you sum up who you want your church to be and become?
Everyone is called to lead someone, something, somewhere. It could be your family, your job, your church, or your local sports league. We are all called to lead others toward the goodness of the Gospel of Jesus.
“And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day has broken.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ And he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, “Jacob.” Then he said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.’” – Genesis 32:24-28 ESV
Redemption is an idea that permeates much of modern American Christianity. We see Redeemer Church and we sing hymns about being redeemed. But what does redemption mean? I mean really. Do we understand the challenge of being “bought or purchased” from our sin?