Erik Cooper —  February 23, 2009 — Leave a comment

I’m a little nervous…ok a lot…

A little more than 5 days from now I will be officially co-leading a brand new church plant in downtown IndianapolisCity Community Church will emerge from years of passing conversation and speculative daydreams to a real live movement of people ready to invest their lives in the city of Indianapolis.  But what’s an inarguable church “insider” (I still regularly have to deny the rumor I was born in the church’s baptismal tank) doing co-leading a church with one of its stated purposes being to make Christ accessible to the church “outsider?” Honestly, some days I wonder myself.

But then I re-read Ephesians 3…

“When it came to presenting the Message to people who had no background in God’s way, I was the least qualified of any of the available Christians.” (Eph. 3:7 MSG)

And I got to thinking…of all the people God could’ve picked to connect with the “outsiders,” why did He choose the Apostle Paul?  In case you don’t know his history, the guy responsible for writing 2/3 of the New Testament was as “insider” as they come.  Trained under scrupulous Jewish law, Paul was the ultimate by-the-book, follow-the-rules, criticize-those-who-don’t-see-things-the-same-way, sit-on-your-high-horse-and-condemn-the-heathen kinda guy.  He was an insider’s insider.  Did God post this application to the wrong Facebook account?

Why didn’t God choose Peter for this gig?  I mean really, the disciple Peter was the obvious choice.  Peter was a quick to speak, rough around the edges “every man” who half the public probably thought just came from a bar fight.  Wouldn’t he have better fit the role of taking the Message to those who had no background in God’s ways?  Maybe not…

As soon as we think we understand God’s template He always changes the rules, and usually blows our feeble minds.  I’m not ready for this gig.  I’m unqualified.  And that may just make me (or you) a great candidate.  I guess we’ll see.

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