I hope by now you have seen the last blog and viewed the picture of the “Painted Rock”. I couldn’t be more proud of our UT launch team lead by Josh Whitehead our Executive Pastor.
But, why put a Church on the campus.
That has never been done at UT and for a few exceptions it has not been done across our great nation! Let me attempt to shed some light on our reasoning.
Jesus left us with a Great Commission and the Great Commandment! He gave us great leeway on how to accomplish His mission on winning the lost and discipling them. It seems to me that we are now reading the Bible backwards. We read the Bible with the prism of our past experience and how we have done Church in the last century. I promise you, if you could get into a time machine and go back to the first century and visit a few of the Churches they would look nothing like what you see today. If you buy into this as a possibility, then you can read the Bible with fresh eyes and new possibilities.
Our Commission is to “Make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…”
Nowhere do I see commanded a red brick building and a steeple. Not that there is anything wrong with the buildings. The Key is His commission not our Church culture.
The Apostle Paul did different things in different cities in an attempt to win the lost and plant life giving Churches everywhere he went. You find him at the lake, under a tree, in a rented building, in homes, Synagogues, and where ever he could meet.
Now think, UT has 30,000 plus students. That is bigger than most towns and cities around us. Oak Ridge has 27,000 people and multitude of Churches. UT has more people and NO Church. How many students are lost and trapped on the campus every Sunday and without transportation to attend a Church even if they wanted to? Imagine the possibilities of salvations, transformations, missions, and Christs’ Church expanding there where the next evolution of culture is created.
Instead of cursing the darkness, we are called to carry the light to the darkness. Jesus never said build a building and wait for the lost to show up. Building are a necessity but the Gospel comes first.
Pray with me for God to explode in revival on the new UT FP campus. Christians, Churches, and Campus Ministries are here to complete each other not to compete with each other. As Christ followers we are better together!
Just a thought.
P.S. I hope we win at football this weekend over Gorgia, but I pray we win for the Father even more.