The Big Picture – Orange Perspective
The Orange Conference 2012 has come and gone, and I have no disappointments or regrets. Never before have I met so many of the most innovative and sincere people, all in one place, all seeking the same goal. From the main stage to the breakouts. From the vendors to the volunteers. From the churches of 100 to churches of 10000, the conversation was the same. In the lunch line, on the lawn, around a great cup of coffee, projected on the screen…everywhere, the message was focused and clear.
We are all part of God’s Big Story and it takes Families and Churches working together to make positive change for future generations.
Lets break it down.
We were created to worship and have relation with God. Sin destroyed that relationship for all people. We tried to follow God’s laws, but failed every time. We were out of options and left with no hope of salvation. Then, Jesus bridged the gap. Grace fell like rain. Our relationship with God was restored. No one is excluded form this gift of life…they just have to ask. Children, youth, and their families, they all need to know about the love of a great big God, who is bigger than our circumstances. He is bigger than the struggles of a single parent home. Bigger than a hurting economy. Bigger than the bullies our kids face every day. Bigger than the special needs of our children. God Is Bigger!
Who is going to tell the next generation about God’s Big Story? Is it just up to the pastor to share it one day a week? Will it be the job of the missionary to take it to the whole world? Parents, is it your job to share with your children? Is it the churches job, or the families?
The answer is YES!
The answer is yes to all of the above and more. Not only does it take a pastor, but it takes a small group leader who pours their life into the kids or others in their group. Not only does it take a missionary, but it takes children, students, and families being invested into missions and being missionaries themselves. Not only does it take parents, but it takes Christ centered voices from others within the church body. The future generation will be better anchored to the truth and power of God’s Big Story when they hear it at church, when they hear it at home, when they serve within it, and when they see others do the same. I heard it best stated today, it is not about picking a great curriculum, it is about being a great curriculum. It is about rising above the circumstances and focusing on a big God that loves us more than we can even imagine.
What do you think it means to “be a great curriculum”?