Let me start off by saying that Sam Jones brought his A game on Sunday. The kid was slinging the sticks. I love Brody’s energy. And how about Kelci’s pipes? Those are 3 amazingly talented teenagers! It is AWESOME to see them using their God-given abilties to serve HIM. Hopefully, they can continue to be a part of KATB as they begin college this Fall.
I saw Kyle come out of his comfort zone like never before. And thank God we have Sunday mornings as an outlet for Heath. That poor guy must sit behind a computer and desk all week. If you know Heath, you know that he is a totally different person when he puts on an outfit. In last Sunday’s case, it was MC Hammer. Rusty Ray, Jordan, Candace and our resident All State Agent (John on bass) all did incredible. The 90’s music compilation was a great kickoff to our “Jesus Loves the 90’s” message series.
Anytime we do something like we did Sunday (I.e. play “secular” music in CHURCH, dance on stage, etc.), I receive a plethora of emails and comments. Now, my favorite one so far this week came in the form of a confession. One of our most faithful Graystone members (I’m talking totally committed to the the 4G’s!) sent me an email confession. OK, I am not a priest and really do not want to hear everyone’s confession. We do advocate the priesthood of the believers and that all Christians have direct access to God through faith in Jesus Christ…Sorry, I ran off on a tangent there. I do have a little theologian in me. Anyway, this faithful Graystone member confessed first that he was not at church Sunday but heard is was great. And it was for the rest of you who weren’t there. He secondly confessed that he has been to at least 5 Cinderella concerts. But his big confession (and again this is coming from one of our most faithful members…a 40ish year old man, wears a suit to work, married, two kids, pillar in the community, salt of the earth guy, etc.) was that he went to a Cinderella concert 2 weeks ago at Wild Bills.
Really? Cinderella at Wild Bills? How old are those guys? This is real life Spinal Tap. Too funny. My favorite line in Spinal Tap is when Nigel says, “But these go to 11.” I better not start quoting Spinal Tap or a might get in trouble. My blog has generated very little controversy in the last year or so, and I would like to keep it that way.
As far as my head banging friend goes, God loves you. And yes, you are always welcome at Graystone. Who am I to judge? I was the only one to raise my hand that I went to a Cinderella concert. I appreciate the honesty.
Now, if you are still with me (this post is going a little long…Johnny’s Blog old school), I had another guy come up to me on Sunday after the service. He is a new attender to Graystone and I believe this is the first time that he heard me “preach”. He had a huge what looked like an NIV Study Bible in his hand. And he said, “This was awesome! I grew up in this area and I have a ton of unchurched friends who still live around here. There is no way that they would go to a traditional church. They would have loved the music this morning. I cannot wait to bring them. I think God can use Graystone Church to reach them for Jesus Christ!”
Can I get an Amen? That’s why we do what we do! We want to DOMINATE our community with the love of Jesus Christ. And we want every man, woman and child in our community to have an opportunity to know God personally. I know there are some great churches in our community, but I think God has uniquely gifted Graystone to reach people that other churches cannot. If Graystone is not going to reach people for Jesus than who is? Seriously, who do you think God wants to use to reach your lost friends and family? Do you think His plan is to send missionaries over from Korea to reach your friends and family (The United States is now the 3rd largest mission field in the world…behind China and India.)? Maybe but I doubt it. God wants to use YOU!
We are replanting Graystone Church (more on this in my next post…I will give you the inside scoop…the game plan to LAUNCH) and we are excessively and generously spreading the seeds of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the words of Don Shackelton who showed up at my house a few years ago wearing a Keith Brooking jersey and an Atlanta Falcons hard hat to take me to a Falcons game…”It’s time to go to work!”
BTW, 15 people on Sunday shared with us that they committed their lives to Jesus Christ! To God be the glory! Get ready Graystone Church. The dam is about to break. We are on the verge of a spiritual AWAKENING in our church and community. Let’s PRAY! And let’s reach out to our lost friends, family, neighbors and basically ANYONE that has a heartbeat.
“I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Jesus (John 4:35)