I wonder what Jesus might say if he preached at our church one Sunday?
What would he say?
He would be walking into our cultural context. He would walk to our podium, I suppose. Perhaps he would use the wireless mic that I normally wear. He might hear the baptistery occasionally gurgle behind him. He might hear the air conditioning come on as he speaks (yesterday the temperature got up to 107 degrees here). Hopefully, one of those crows outside would not come to the window and caw.
I just wonder what he might say to our church? What would be the tone and substance of his message?
I just wonder:
1. Would the subject of his message be similar to what I have been preaching to this church? Or, would it be very different? Is there an aspect of the Gospel that he would emphasize that I really haven’t been emphasizing?
2. What about his style, tone, etc.? Is there anything about either the style or tone that might be "different"?
3. How would the people in this church receive his message? Would his message be surprising or shocking, or would it be something they expected? Would there be a real appreciation for what he said?
4. What about the application of his teaching to our church and to our lives personally? How would we respond?
Do I know the answers to these questions? No. But it is interesting to think about this in the context of the congregation of people with whom I am most familiar.
As you think about Jesus preaching to your own faith community, whether small or large, are there other questions that surface?