One of the coolest things about leading a community like Evergreen is getting to see all the different people at all the different places on their spiritual journey- whether still in a place of questioning or seeking, or having decided to throw in and follow Jesus and trying to figure out what that means and looks like, or coming back after a long time away and trying to take it slow and struggling to leave out the unnecessary, hurtful parts of past church life, or being all in and growing and interested in contributing as much as possible to the growth of others. I love seeing all of that.
With the knowledge that we’re all in slightly, and sometimes greatly different places, and that where someone is in regards to an issue isn’t necessarily where I myself need to be or even can be right now, let me pose a question: In your journey of discovering God, or walking with Jesus up this point, what’s been something God has changed your mind about- what intellectual or belief-oriented change has occurred in you? And how?
Here’s what I want to suggest to you: The Gospel shapes our thinking not just by changing our mind about certain things, some that matter, some less so, but by drilling down into the deepest part of who we are as human beings and changing our hearts, which works itself out in changed values and so changed thoughts. What do I mean by “the Gospel” and how does it change our values and even thoughts?