A Letter From Pastor Bill
Dear Friend of Revolve,
92 days. That is the length of time we have been in some form of upside down reality. Tomorrow we are allowed to regather, in limited capacity, at Revolve, and as I sit at my kitchen table this morning, drinking a cup of coffee and journaling to the Lord, I cannot help but reflect on the last quarter of a year. A quarter of a year, people. It has been a quarter of a year in this strange stage.
What do we have to show for the last 90+ days?
- Uncertainty about COVID-19
- Political upheaval
- Exhumed racial tensions
- Mounting substance abuse
- Governmental overstep
- A culture that justifies public bullying
- The clouds of persecution forming on the horizon
- Oh, and an extra 8 pounds…
We don’t know what the future holds. I am of the opinion that the next six months will be some of the most formative in our nation’s history, and I believe that as followers of Jesus we need to be prepared. For what? I don’t know. For whatever comes next!
I know that we need to be prepared politically, culturally, financially and in varying ways, but there are other individuals more suited to equip you for that. I am a pastor and an elder, and the Scriptures clearly say that I will be held accountable for whether or not I instructed you in the whole counsel of God, loved you well, and equipped you for the work of the ministry.
So, what’s the plan, Pastor Bill? Where do we go from here?
At Revolve we have often spoken of health in three main categories which all center on the gospel. This is a “cruciform” way of living.
- Connecting with God (Spiritual Vitality)
- Connecting with God’s People (Ecclesiology / the Church)
- Connecting with God’s Mission (Missiology / Making Disciples)
The last 90+ days have revealed our strengths and weaknesses. Far and away, we receive consistent feedback that we have excelled in teaching the people of Revolve to self-feed. Many of you had no idea how to read the Bible prior to coming to Revolve, but, because of the modeling and tools we have provided, you have thrived despite isolation. That is a win. I think we get an A!
We have done a decent job in training you to think and act with God’s mission on your mind. People know how to make spiritual statements with their friends, share their testimony, and invite others to read the Word. Do we have areas of growth? Absolutely. We need to grow in boldness, prayer walking, cultural engagement, and more. That being said, I am by no means discouraged. I give us a B.
Our weakness was revealed during this time. Namely, Revolve’s lack of a biblical understanding of what it means to be a church and to be connected to a covenant community. No, I am not referring to those of you who simply don’t like zoom. I am referring to the numerous conversations I have had where people didn’t understand what it meant to be committed to a body of believers in a YouTube world. What is a church? What is the difference between a church and a Bible study? When does a small group studying the Word together become a church, and when is it just disconnection from the Body? To whom are you accountable? For whom are the elders accountable? These are questions that need to be explored.
I don’t know what is on the horizon for you or for our nation, but I do know that no matter what happens, or where we all end up, we need to be equipped in a few key areas.
- We need to know how to have a vibrant walk with the Lord personally.
- We need to know how to demonstrate and declare the gospel to those around us, and to the ends of the earth.
- We need to know how to have a vibrant walk with the Lord CORPORATELY.
Point number three needs to be our focus for the foreseeable future so that, like Paul, no matter what happens, I can say, “Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood (Acts 20:26-28).
PS - We have another big announcement. Beginning on June 21st, we will be meeting at 10:00 am at Two Mile Landing on Ocean Drive. Their outside, covered deck has the capacity to sit our entire congregation in one gathering, which is much improved over a 50 person cap. This will be our gathering space for the summer. Parents, bring crayons and coloring books for the kiddos.