Had an interesting conversation the other day with a stranger who was asking about me and my church. In an attempt to contextualize me, he began rambling a list of labels. It didn’t feel like a negative stereotype or anything, I think he just had some experiences with different churches and was probably trying to place me in some sort of category of church style.
He asked, are you more old school…or are you like..seeker sensitive…or are you Spirit filled…or…
And before he could say another word I interjected “Everything. I’m all 3 of those.”
Sometimes it feels like I’m in high school again where I didn’t 100% align with any certain clique, but I had really good friends in every group… so I just claimed them ALL (except the goth crowd. honestly, vampire outfits never really looked good on me)
When it comes to church labels…
YES, I AM OLD SCHOOL – I hold to the inerrancy of Scripture, believe the Bible IS the Word of God, that Jesus IS the son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, He took our place on the cross and died for our sins to make us right with God. I believe the TOMB IS EMPTY, I believe in a literal heaven and hell…AND I believe God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
YES, I AM SEEKER SENSITIVE – It cracks me up that this phrase is often used by ‘superior’ Christians to label me as though it’s something negative! Ummm…do you prefer a church leader who is more hostile towards non-believers? 😂😂 I believe the Spirit of God draws all people to Himself, and I just want to be a church that is actually sensitive to the needs/emotions of “ALL PEOPLE”! I don’t “water down” the gospel. I believe you have a better chance of leading someone spiritually after you’ve connected with them emotionally.
YES, I AM SPIRIT-FILLED – I believe in the infilling & indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I believe in speaking in tongues, praying in tongues, and I kiss with tongues! I believe that Acts 2 was ONLY THE BEGINNING of all that God wants to do in and through the church, and I am HUNGRY for and desperate to see a move of God across our nation.
Honestly, go ahead and throw some more labels on the table and I’ll probably adopt them, too, because I actually BELIEVE Paul was on to something when he said…
“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”
1 Corinthians 9:19-22