Earthquake

Church is not about us.

It is not about methodology, about style,
about songs, about sermons,
about service.

It’s not about Sunday School,
or small groups or shaking hands.

When we come to church,
come to Jesus.

Pursue Him.
Abide in Him.
Meet with Him.
Worship Him.
Receive Him.

Only He satisfies.
Only He transforms.
Only He accepts and restores.

Church isn’t about what we receive
or even about what we give.

Church should be when
we, together,
step into the presence of Jesus.

Only He matters.

When the believers held each other and wept
at the foot of the cross
as Jesus paid for every sin,
the Earth shook and the temple veil split.

When the early church
gathered and cried out to God
in the midst of persecution,
the room reverberated
and God’s power came.

When Paul and Silas lay in jail
and together sang to the
Lord in the midst of their suffering,
an earthquake released their chains.

When believers together
experience Jesus,
our opinions, preferences, differences,
complaints, criticisms and distractions
are split open and power washed
with grace.

We are left with the
sweet presence of Jesus.

All we need for Sunday,
for every day,
is Jesus.

Let me be

I am the Creator
of all that you see.
Look around at Earth’s beauty
and find me.
I made it all
and gave it all to you
for you to know
I am everything.
So, let me be everything.

I am the force
who spoke into motion
the Earth as it spins
and your heart’s devotion.
Why then do you fear,
letting doubt assail you?
My victory is sure
because I am everything.
Let me be everything.

I know your dreams
and your tears in the dark.
I hear your longings,
what tears you apart.
I give you hope
and, though courage may fail you,
my love is secure
for I am everything.
Let me be everything.

Your future is not lost.
It was my blood
that bought it.
Bind your heart to mine
and let me transform it.
Stop trying to fight—
You can’t win without me.
Hold fast to my life
to understand and see.

I was here all along.
I never left you.
My words are all true:
I’ll never desert you.
You were worth the scars,
the rejection and pain,
all of it to allow you to
call on my name
and say that I am everything.

Now, open your heart
and let me be everything.