Breathe In

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5 Aug 2012

As you know by now, our Passion City Church family is taking a sabbath together.  Specifically, we will not be gathering on Sunday August 12 or August 19, and our Passion, PCC, sixsteps offices will be closed the week of August 13-17.  I know it’s a bit unconventional for a church to NOT meet, but for us it’s a needed and desired time to pause and remember that God is the source of all we have and are.

For us, Sabbath is not just a good idea.  It’s the cornerstone of our walk with Jesus, a reflection of our understanding of His grace demonstrated from the earliest of times.  In fact, Scripture tells us in Genesis 2:1-3: Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. At the end of the first week on earth God rested from His work.  How can we not do the same?

As well, when God gave the ten commandments to Moses, sabbath was again front and center.  In fact, the longest of the commands requires us to “remember the sabbath and keep it holy.”  While we don’t live under the letter of the law, the spirit of the law still guides us.  Thus, the principle of observing a day of rest is still a vital part of the fabric of following Jesus.

So what is sabbath anyway?  Well, Sabbath is more than a day off, it’s really more of a day up. Sabbath is an attitude of the heart that prompts us to remember that our lives are not simply the products of our hard work and ingenuity.  Sabbath is the art of breathing in, and acknowledging the reality that we are what we are because of the grace of God.  On the sixth day, when humans entered the Creation story, God had ALREADY made the heavens and the earth.  He did all that without any help or assistance from us!  Then, when things were just as He wanted, we were created by and for Him, and placed into an “already in motion” story of His greatness, power and grace.

Later, in the context of sabbath, Jesus invites us: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. The Jesus Way is the pathway of quiet rest, and trust in the greatness and sovereignty of God–a path that leads to rest for weary souls no matter what circumstances we find ourselves walking through.

While it’s true God gives us work to do and roles to play in His story, He wants us to remember each step of the way that it’s us who are counting on Him, not the other way around.  Jesus is the cornerstone of our lives and of His Church.  Everything that is lasting and true rests on Him alone.

We at PCC are still a relatively new tribe…a burgeoning church led by a ferociously dedicated team of Door Holders and the best staff/team in the world.  Throughout 2012 we have sought to mirror Isaiah 54: 2: Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. As we have followed His leading, we have watched God expand the borders of all things Passion, sixstepsrecords and PCC.  Lot’s of new people have made their way to our House and thousands have been rocked by the power and presence of God’s Spirit.  But every season can’t be about stretching our curtains even wider.  At times, the best move a leader can make is to step back to strengthen the fabric and deepen the stakes.

As a way of doing just that, PCC is taking a collective pause.  It’s not just a break, it’s a time to remember the faithfulness of Jesus and to renew our confidence in Him.  It’s a way of giving Him glory by trusting Him in our rest.

As a church, PCC has often rallied around the words of Andrew Murray: Waiting on God ascribes to God the glory of being all to us.  When we wait, God works, both to replenish us and to create His future around us, bringing forth supernatural results without our knowledge or assistance.  When we wait, and rest, we embrace our finiteness, our weakness, our smallness.  And when we look up, we honor Him by letting Him know that we know what He knows–that Jesus is all we need!

So, if you consider yourself a part of our PCC family, I want to invite you into this season with us.  Let’s make space to remember, and let’s try not to cram the days of rest with more striving of another kind.  Take time for yourself and time to be with family and friends.  Make notes of remembrance and pray prayers of thanks.  Give God glory for what He has done and tell Him you are confident He is going to be and do all you need in the future.

On Sunday, August 19, we’ll host an “online family worship gathering” to help navigate you and your family through a time of celebrating the faithfulness God has shown.  And on August 26, we’ll all be back together at 515.  We trust the PCC House will be jammed that day as we gather again at 11/4/6:45 and launch into a fall season that is sure to blow us all away.

Passion City Church is a Jesus church.  He is at the center of it all.  So, let’s fill these days with talk about Him…and believe that in our resting we will be made strong.

For God, For People, For The City, For The World,

Louie (PCC Door Holder)