On Sunday, Pastor Josh read a quote that is highlighted by Charles Swindoll in his Ultimate Book of Illustrations and Quotes. The quote is from a book titled The Edge of Adventure by Keith Miller and Bruce Larson. Feel this quote:
The neighborhood bar is possibly the best counterfeit there is to the fellowship Christ offers his church. It’s an imitation, dispensing liquor instead of grace, escape rather than reality, but it is permissive, accepting, and inclusive fellowship. It is unshockable. It is democratic. You tell people secrets and they usually don’t tell others or even want to. The bar flourishes not because most people are alcoholics, but because God has put into the human heart the desire to know and be known, to love and be loved, and so many seek a counterfeit at the price of a few beers.
This is not intended by us to be an anti-bar quote. This is a quote intended to stir up the church (our church) towards authentic community. To stir us towards being a true place of refuge for folks no matter what they carry with them when they walk into our lives at Redemption Church. When you are doing life together with the body of Christ at Redemption Church, do you feel free to know and be known, and to love and be loved?