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Lose It To Find It

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“It is no marvel that the devil does not love field preaching! Neither do I; I love a commodious room, a soft cushion, a handsome pulpit. But where is my zeal if I do not trample all these underfoot in order to save one more soul?” -J. Wesley, Journal, June 23

Isn’t it fascinating how quickly we bottle up the Holy Spirit?  We see the transfigured Christ in glory and instead of being transformed we set up a monument to remember it, (including a plaque with the name of the chief donor).  Our churches become towers of Babel, reaching to the heavens to make a name for ourselves rather than Christ, where only one language (way of being church) is allowed, lest we be scattered beyond our walls and seek the least and the lost.  The tower, the tents on the mountaintop, the way we’ve always done it.  And then there’s the great commission, the command that was there from Genesis 1 when God commanded us to fill the earth and subdue it.  In an increasingly post-Christian American society, the attractional model of church has to blend into a missional model where we not only seeking to minister to those who don’t know Christ beyond our walls, we must also be willing to transform into the Body of Christ that meets the real and spiritual needs of those people.

In 1744, John Wesley responded to a question about what rules should guide the preachers of the Methodist movement:

“You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most.  It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance.”

What is fascinating is that in losing ourselves to the evangelistic mission, our churches will truly discover the transfigured Christ in their midst.  Are we willing to trust the way of the cross to find resurrection?

People You Should Follow

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If you’ve enjoyed Wesley Bros, check out these great web comics:

Rueben Bolling’s Tom the Dancing Bug

Kate Beaton’s Hark A Vagrant

Reza Farazmand’s Poorly Drawn Lines

David Wilkie’s Coffee With Jesus

David Hayward’s Naked Pastor

Corey Mohler’s Existential Comics

Blogs that influence or have featured Wesley Bros:

Joel Watt’s Unsettled Christianity

Jeremy Smith’s Hacking Christianity

Sarah Arthur The God-Hungry Imagination

Confirm Not Conform (featured an interview with me)

UMC Lead (featured an interview with me)

Lent Madness (Featured Wesley Bros artwork when Charles Wesley won the brackets last year!)

Every Day I’m Pastoring

Theology Ryan Gosling

Unvirtuous Abbey

You can also follow Wesley Bros in the Opinion Section of www.umreporter.com and wesleybros.tumblr.com!