Postmodern Prophet -

Dream Church

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:8–11, NRSV)

Peter is giving instructions to the church about how they should live and operate. Imagine a church where constant love for one another is the overall modus operandi. Imagine a church where we take care of one another. And don’t complain about it. Imagine a church where hierarchy is not important but personal abilities are.

God would indeed be glorified.

Not Mining

[W]hen it comes to reading the Gospels as a church community, we are not just mining for nuggets of devotional wisdom. Rather, we are striving to let the story of Jesus gradually shape our lives, enrich our worship, inspire us to mission, draw our community together, and impact our ministries, so that the evangelical vision of Jesus given to us in the Gospels becomes an evangelical project to make the story of Jesus known in all the world.

Michael F. Bird, The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus (Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014), 73.

Priorities

Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:17, NRSV)

I read it this way:

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — Fear (revere) God.

— — — — — — — — — Love the family of believers.

Honor (treat people right) everyone. Honor the emperor.

In other words, reverence for God comes first. Love for the family of God comes next. Lowest on the totem pole comes everyone else, including the people the world considers to be most important.

Those people still need to be honored, but no higher than anyone else.

That speaks to our celebrity culture and our political culture.

Keep the right priorities.