I HAVE A DREAM … FOR THE CHURCH

  • MY DREAM IS FOR UNITY. It’s time that we grow up and stop fighting. If Jesus prayed for unity (John 17) among his followers, and Paul preached it (1 Corinthians 1), I think we should start doing it. We’re all in this together and our goal is to take as many people with us to heaven as possible. When we fight, we’re simply focused on the wrong thing.
  • MY DREAM IS THAT WE WOULD FOCUS ON PEOPLE. Church is and always has been about people, not about buildings, programs or mission statements. Let’s put our focus back where it should be … meeting people’s needs. Stop building multi-million dollar buildings just because you feel the need to keep up with what other churches are doing. This is STUPID and unbiblical. (More on this later this week.)
  • MY DREAM IS FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR MISSIONARIES. It would be SO awesome to use the Lord’s money on missions throughout the world. I’d love to see that anyone who wanted to go and do mission work could financially. Instead missionaries want to go, but no one will send them.
  • MY DREAM IS FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH. It’s not just about reaching the world, but also reaching the people across the street. It’s about reaching the people you work with, play with and run with. Church is not just about what we do “in the building,” but also what we do “outside the building.” Every church should be outwardly focused to win their community for Christ. Just unlocking the doors and turning on the lights on Sundays and Wednesdays won’t do it. We must go to the world and not just expect them to come to us.
  • MY DREAM IS THAT WE BECOME A CHURCH THAT TALKS ABOUT JESUS ALL THE TIME. He’s our main focus. Our main focus isn’t buildings, budgets or bottom lines, it’s Jesus. We don’t need gimmicks to draw people in, we have Jesus. He should be at the center of everything we do and teach.
  • MY DREAM IS THAT WE WILL FOCUS ON TEACHING AND TRAINING OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (THE FUTURE CHURCH). Children are the future. You cannot put too much emphasis on the youth and children. Our future looks bright when we invest time, money and effort into our youth. Teach them and train them to be a powerful and effective church.
  • MY DREAM IS THAT WE WOULD LOVE PEOPLE EVEN WHEN THEY HURT US. Too many people get their feelings hurt and quit church. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s always been a temptation in life and ministry to become bitter and angry at people who hurt you. But you never want to allow negative things to drive wedges in relationships that may last an eternity. Love people…Jesus did. It’s not easy, but we’re called to do this.
  • MY DREAM IS THAT WE WOULD BECOME A CHURCH THAT TALKS ABOUT REAL ISSUES. While it is important to study all things in the Bible, most people attending our churches do not care about the measurements of the Temple, but they do want to know how they can hold a marriage together, how they can keep from going under financially and how to raise good kids.
  • MY DREAM IS THAT WE WOULD BECOME A CHURCH WHERE ALL PEOPLE FEEL WELCOME. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard in the past, “The last place I wanted to bring my friend was to church, because I knew the preacher would say something to embarrass them or me.” How sad. The church needs to be a safe environment where people know they can bring family or friends without them getting their “hides nailed to the wall.”

I’d love to hear some things you dream of the church becoming…

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  1. Gilbert says:

    Whoa! That is one long dream. How long did you sleep that night?

    Just kidding. I dream of a church that is a rainbow of diversity. People of all colors, ethnicities, and languages gathered in one place lifting up God in praise.

  2. Evan Williams says:

    was this at one time a sermon cause it sounds familiar.

  3. Matt says:

    I have a dream… That #1 the church would read the Bible and #2 that upon reading it they would do what it says.

  4. blogprophet says:

    amen to all!

    if we would stop preaching uniformity, we might actually be able to achieve Biblical unity

  5. Bob Bliss says:

    Seems to me that this is Jesus’ dream. πŸ˜‰

  6. Matthew says:

    This is a great dream for the church brother. And I believe that your ministry is helping these dreams come true.

  7. Liss and MOMMY says:

    My dream is that everyone that knew of God’s love and lived in it would be Happy. Why do people make it (God’s never ending love) complicated?

  8. Brie says:

    My dream is that the church would gain a sense of perspective.

    Important stuff (as the Bible defines it, not as I or anyone else does) would be important and not important stuff (see above parentheses) would not be important.

    It would be AWESOME.

  9. preacherman says:

    I think as we preach Christ and Him Crucified, the hope that he has to offer, we make these dreams realities.

  10. AncientWanderer says:

    Howdy Trey.

  11. Matt says:

    I would like to add to or rather amend my earlier dream…That We would Love the Lord with ALL of our Heart, ALL of our Soul, and ALL of our Mind.
    I think if we did that all our other dreams would probably fall into place

  12. Baptist Man says:

    Trey…good post. I have a slight issue with your first “dream.” You dream for unity. My first question would be: Is that for your local church or all “Christian” churches in general?

    Dennis Prager is a conservative talk show host who has shed some light on seemingly honorable calls to “unity.” He points out that Barack Obama has made a campaign out of the call to unity. The problem is this: that call is really a vapid half truth. See, a person who calls for unity sounds like a hero but the ultimate goal, whether they realize it or not, is that they want everyone to conform to them. I want unity like you do, but I want unity around my values and philosophies. You want unity around your values and philosophies. They may not be THAT different, but the bottom line is I want you to change and you want me to change.

    The more honest “dream” would be the dream for peace.

    Sorry to be so picky. :) I still love your spirit!

  13. Greg says:

    You are one of those trouble-making liberal heretics, aren’t you? Just trying to stir up the good religious people with all this nonsense. Just like Jesus!!

  14. Justin says:

    Trey,

    I love this post, and I understand what you mean by unity. It is NOT what “Baptist Man” is referring to!

    I want unity too, but that doesn’t mean I want people to conform to my beliefs. I want people to realize that all the extra-biblical beliefs we have shouldn’t matter when we all have the same belief that Jesus died for our sins. Rather than argue over foolish things, we need to come together with a common goal, and that would be the purpose that God has placed within us, and what He has commanded us to do!

    This is unity. It has nothing to do with everyone being the same, but rather everyone fighting for the same goal…reaching the lost!

  15. AncientWanderer says:

    :)

  16. TREY MORGAN says:

    Baptistman – The churches of Christ have long been known for a group who can fight. They often shoot their own wounded and can split over the drop of a hat (or anything else for that matter). I dream of a church that doesn’t see their brothers as the enemy.

  17. TREY MORGAN says:

    AW – :)

    Right back at ya!

  18. Baptist Man says:

    Justin and Trey –

    I understand what both of you are saying and desire the same thing. The truth is, we don’t desire unity. We desire peace (like I said before). We just need to be intellectually honest about what we want.

    Justin: “Rather than argue over foolish things…”

    Trey: “I dream of a church that doesn’t see their brothers as the enemy.”

    What you two are seeking is peace. I like how “blogprophet” recognized the difference between Unity and Uniformity. There is definitely something to that. I really don’t mean to harp about it, it’s just something that stuck out to me.

    God bless! (I think He can even though you’re not EXACTLY like me!)

  19. Falantedios says:

    I think you are splitting concepts unhealthily.

    Biblical peace is not mere cessation of hostilities.

    Biblical unity is more than a Clintonian “I’m ok, you’re ok.”

    Shalom is the great purpose of God in Christ, and it will come when all things have been made whole and/or set right again.

    Unity? “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” Php 2:2

    Trust me – this is not about you conforming to my way of thinking… or me conforming to your way of thinking. This is about all of us who believe submitting to Christ and one another, and being transformed into His likeness.

    in HIS love,
    Nick

  20. Falantedios says:

    Trey, this is a stellar dream.

    I would add – My Dream is for a church that cares as much about God’s Creation as it does about Creationism.

    If I had to choose one segment above all, I would choose your last one. It is high time that we stop expressing our morality in ways that drive people away from us; it is time for us to shed our need to use wealth and style to identify ourselves in ways that embarrass the poor.

    in HIS love,
    Nick

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