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June 01, 2020

Have people been asking you questions like these:
“How bad will this get?”
“How long will it last?”
“When is the church going reopen?”
“How many people will come back?”
"Can we sing in church?”
“Should we sing?”

What if we changed the narrative by starting to ask a different question? When you ask a new question, you unlock different answers. Our questions direct our minds. They can keep our attention locked in the past or they can open us up to see a new reality and discover new possibilities. What if we relentlessly start asking:
“In the current context, what is the best way to make disciples?”

To tap into the full power of this question, we must break free from relying on the tools we have leaned on in the recent past. We must challenge the assumptions that what worked will continue to work. We must become open to exploring new methods as well as ancient practices we have long since forgotten. What might help us rediscover the best way to make disciples?

Perhaps consider your own journey. What helped you start your journey of becoming more like Christ? How important was your personal time with God in learning how to develop intimacy with Him? You might have first experienced God’s sanctifying grace when you entered into an accountable relationship with someone who poured into you. Many of us started leading because someone saw something in us and gave us the opportunity to lead for the first time. The current context is actually perfect for people to experience all those key steps in their spiritual journey. How might we be able to help them?

There are some things we can’t do, but there is a whole lot we can do. Help people learn to experience intimacy with God. Give them tools to grow in their personal faith. Encourage people to connect in small groups. Show them the value of accountable relationships that stir them up to do good works. Look for opportunities to help people put their faith into action through service to your community. Talk about how to become better neighbors.

“Forget the former things;
 do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
 Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
 and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-29

God is doing a new thing. It’s time to ask a different question so we can discover how He’s calling us to be a part.

Jay Hanson, Lead Pastor, and Anne Bosarge, Multi-Campus Director, serve at The Chapel Ministries. They love sharing about the ways God is moving in their church. Contact them at jay@thechapelministries.com and anne@thechapelministries.com.

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