I have always been a fan of Rob Bell. Yes- the same controversial figure that gave us Love Wins (and also Velvet Elvis, Sex God, and Jesus Wants to Save Christians) Rob was recently interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday (Which is a terribly cheesy name).His messages have always challenged me to dig deeper and see things that I’ve heard since I was little in a new light. I think Rob’s creativity in the way he presents his messages is a drawing point to me as well.
Case in point is the Nooma video series that Rob did awhile back while he was still at Mars Hill. Last night, I watched the video entitled “Sunday.” It’s a short twelve minute film on Sunday morning, and worship, and whether we worship out of duty or because of our love for God- and which one is more desirable. At the 9:40 mark in the video, Rob gives a definition of the Church that I really like. He says,
“When you realize you can do something about the suffering in the world; when you realize there is work to be done, and you can do it- then your heart is starting to beat like God’s. Is Church a building, like an hour once a week? Church is people. People whose hearts are beating more and more like God’s.”
The Church is comprised of people whose hearts beat, and break, and are filled with love, compassion, grace, and mercy for the people that God loves. It is not about four walls, or programming, or rules- but being the hands and feet of Christ to the people that God loves.
How would you define Church? What does the Church look like when it is filled with people whose heart beats with God’s?