When I went back to the U.S., almost everyone asked me what I missed most while in Romania. Although I would usually answer with a list of food (cheddar cheese, milk, Pizza Hut…), those were all secondary (or even “thirdary”). The one thing I have missed most while living in Romania is passionate and free worship.
At Biserica Piatra Vie, we are trying to develop a church of worshipers.
What will that look like? Well, as God is the one in charge of building the church (Matthew 16:18) and as he is the one looking hardest for worshipers (John 4:23) and as he is the one who draws men to himself (John 12:32), I’m not entirely sure just what we’ll end up like. With that said, though, here is some of what we’re envisioning:
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As we go through this roller-coaster ride of planting a church in Bucureşti, I have often found myself asking: “Why on earth did we decide we needed to do this, anyhow?” These last few weeks, as numbers have dipped especially low, this question has had a tendency to come to mind much more frequently.
So, why are we planting a church here in Bucureşti?
There are many reasons. Here’s one: România needs more bodies of believers who trust God for total holiness and experience his total liberty.
Some churches believe that holiness isn’t really attainable and so you might as well just go on sinning and trust Jesus forgives you. Others seem to think the entire Christian life is an austere and painful struggle to live holy and free from any and every minute imperfection in spirit, soul, and body.
I believe the Bible teaches holiness is completely attainable and that through Jesus we also have incredible liberty. This is an important dichotomy: we can be totally and fully pure before God, in body, soul, and spirit; and we can also enjoy life to the full and experience tremendous liberty.
Here are thirteen quick thoughts related to holiness and liberty:
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So, I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to find any amazing spiritual insights from this post, but this video is so much fun.