I'm at one of those forks in the road or maybe a hill to climb. I don't know. I think I am in a learning mode. Therefore, I am going to lay it out there hoping some of you will join in with your concepts, etc.
The question is, Where are we going? Specifically, how are we to determine in the local work where we are going? Another way of framing the question would be, What is our purpose?
To all of the above I can rattle off all sorts of main answers. However, I am puzzled of late as to our historic answers. So many of them seem to be based upon answers which satisfy the flesh. If the flesh can measure and tabulate, then we must know where we are going. Really? I don't think that way anymore.
But I wonder what you may have learned over time that would help me. I'm not interested in trite answers which please the flesh. I want to know what the Spirit thinks; what the Spirit expects from us.
Well...I've rambled enough to give you the picture I am searching for our direction. I have thoughts. I have strong ideas. And...for your safety, I'm not waiting to see what you suggest and then give you the right answer in the next post. I really want to know how you see the direction of the local church and what you believe would help us to get there.
For one, I could use your ideas regardless of how weak or powerful you deem them to be.