If you haven’t heard of Mark Batterson, then you probably don’t know what to do In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day or how to go on a Wild Goose Chase. Mark is the lead pastor at National Community Church in Washington, D.C. and is part of the creative team for The Origins Project.
I follow Mark on Twitter, and yesterday this tweet showed up:
I was struck by Mark’s two statements:
“…if you want to get closer to God get close to people who are closer to God than you are.”
“We don’t need another sermon. We don’t need another service. I think what we really need is a relationship with someone who is far way from God.”
Most people would answer the question, “How do we get closer to God?” with the answer, “Read the Bible more, pray more, meditate more…”
I am struck by Mark’s thought that spiritual growth can also happen in community through the relationships we make: as we do mission by entering into community and entering into relationships with the people around us, we can get closer to God.
We spend so much time on our 3-year plans and scope and sequences and lists of Bible stories/verses that kids should know. What would happen if we help facilitate families building relationships with the posture that they can learn from and even grow closer to God because of those relationships?
What do you think? I know that some Bible knowledge needs to be taught, but what about helping children and families to build relationships with the people around them? Do you see this as important? What do you do to facilitate relationships with those closer to God and those far away from God?