Friday, October 26, 2007

STUMPED BY A FLAG POLE


Image taken from here.

One of my pastors had posted on the concept that if Jesus is the flag, what is the flag pole that you rally around? You can read more here and here.

I have to admit that I have been stumped. I have spent more than a week doing some soul searching, trying to figure out what my answer to this flag pole question is. Today, as I was reading archived posts one of my new favorite blogs (thanks DT), I came across this quote:

"The Church: Central to God’s Plan of Redemption
We must, finally, help our people see that the church is the center of God’s redeeming and self-glorifying plan in heaven and on earth. That’s what we gather from Eph. 1:10, 22-23; 2:14-22; 3:9-11, 20-21. It’s through the church that the evangelism of the world is carried out. The church reveals God’s wisdom and glory. The church proclaims the defeat of the “principalities and powers in the heavenly places.” Through the church, the Lord will gather all things under His feet.

Our people must know that God has not plan of redemption and no plan for spiritual edification and maturity outside the church. They must know that participation in church is about far more than their individual needs. Participation in the church is essential to advancing the plans of God to bring to himself glory, to redeem humanity, and to bring all things to completion. And they must be taught to prize all of that above their individual selves. We must teach them that if it’s God’s glory they wish to pursue, then one of the easiest things they can do is to join, commit to, and love a local church—which is God’s eternal design for them anyway."

For the entire post, go here.

So, what do you think?

4 comments:

Margie said...

I've been stumped by that flagpole thing too. I thought i was a big dope because I couldn't figure it out... but now I don't feel stupid if you were stumped too.

I figured that love was my flagpole, and flying high above - the flag of Jesus... maybe I'm still a dope, but I'll rally around love any day.

Richard said...

I haven't read the article, but my first instinct would be to say Truth.

Without Truth there is no foundation, not solid building blocks. Nothing.

Hil said...

So what do you think...would you say thats it for you 'the church" is your flagpole? And then my next question is how would you define "the Church" ? Not in a broad sense but in a local sense! I know youve been working through not only this but quite a bit in this regaurd these past few weeks and I was just curious as to where you are now with all of that and what that process has been like! That is if you would like to share :) love you miss you guys!

KayMac said...

Margie: You certainly ain't no dope!

Richard: Agree. For me, Jesus is the truth, the foundation that I must build on.

Hil: Would you mind if I take more time before I answer your questions? Still pondering things!