Yesterday, Elevation Church gave us 10% of their offering to go toward our church planting center… Pastor Steven explained that since they have not yet formulated their international planting strategy, they wanted to participate in ours. I was struck by a phrase he used, "Churches often compete with each other; they should complete each other!" Well said, my friend.
We are grateful for the generosity of Elevation. Pastor Steven had me preaching there yesterday on "How is Fair that People Who have Never Heard about Jesus Go to Hell?" Talk about setting me up for failure. I told him, "When you preached at my church, I had you preach on faith and vision and get everyone excited. You give me a topic that is the equivalent of going to a homeschool convention and preaching against big families.
It was well-received. It is a tough topic, and I hope I magnified the staggering nature of God's grace in it… the true mystery is not that any of us are condemned, but that any of us are saved. After all, what will amaze us as we look backwards from eternity is not the severity of God's judgment, but the greatness of His mercy.
What really seems unfair to me is that those of us who have partaken of this undeserved, overwhelming grace would not, in response, pour out our lives to take the Gospel to those who have yet to hear.