The idea of the next series (September 19-end of October) is "Relational IQ". I spoke with Pastor Jonathan today regarding the series, and he is contemplating using Philippians 2 as his central scripture. Understand, of course, that this is a fluid and organic process. Pastor Jonathan will focus on going where the Holy Spirit leads him to go with this series. That's what makes him such a great pastor.
The idea of the series and scripture is Christ is present in every relationship (not only family related, but work relationships, friendships, neighbors, etc), although not everyone recognizes Him. Philippians talks about living with humility, looking at the interests of others. What does that look like in our everyday relationships? And for those relationships that we have with non-believers, it is all the more important to live that out as it will then open up the doors to ultimately share the Gospel with them.
Pastor Jonathan mentioned a few times to me that Christ isn't necessarily the central figure in every relationship. We know this, of course. Think about the last conversation you had with a family member, friend, or co-worker that DIDN'T involve Christ. I DO THAT EVERY DAY! But the underlying message is that Christ is in the background, always present. Our job is to live with humility, always loving, always shining Christ's light for others to see, although not always verbally proclaiming it. How much more affective is it for someone to notice when we are honest, hard-working, compassionate, or to say "how do you do it?" That is the opportunity then to verbally introduce Christ into the relationship. We earn that opportunity by how much we invest in our relationship with them.
I saw something a few months ago that I really liked, when I was visiting BW. They had made an entire wall from different colored strips of cloth, varying lengths, some patterned some not, all tied at different random angles to each other. I really thought it was incredibly interesting visually. I got to thinking about how all relationships are different. Every single one is unique in itself, with no two being the same. I imagined the entire back wall being covered with this knotted up, random lengths of fabric at different angles. In the sketch, I had placed a cross that would stand out in the center of the fabric, thinking all relationships in our lives are based upon our relationship with Christ. The cross itself would have been white fabric or something that would stand apart from the rest of the wall. I will sketch a quick pic and attach it to this blog. Again I would go with multi-colored fabrics, some patterned, all at random lengths and angles, all knotted together in some way.
After showing the sketch to Pastor Jonathan, he asked about perhaps putting the cross BEHIND the fabric wall, again pointing to the idea that Christ isn't always the focus of our relationships but is always present in them. He also talked about perhaps forming words inside the fabric wall with certain pieces of fabric. He didn't have any specific words, but it's something to think about.
One more thing to ponder. There is no official title yet. Let's get creative with that as well.
Ladies and Gentlemen, START YOUR IMAGINATIVE ENGINES!