The Church is a Field

In 1 Corinthians 3:9 Paul tells the Corinthian Christians that they are “God’s field.”  Over the last 6 weeks we’ve been Talkin’ Church at LifePoint on Wednesday nights, and we’ve been examining the biblical metaphors for the church, including the “field.”  If the church truly is a field, being involved with the church means we’ll be engaged in agricultural endeavors.  A dangerous shift takes place in any church that slips into archeology instead of agriculture.  Here is the difference:

Agriculture:                            Archeology:

The place: A field  The place: A dig site 
You live in the present and plan for the future.  You live in the past. 
Everything is focused on the harvest (Luke 10:2).  Everything is focused on what happened before. 
After the harvest, you work hard to re-plant for future harvests. After discovery, you think about what life may have been like when what you discovered was alive. 
Your faith is tested, you are dependent on God to bring rain and give increase.  Your faith is not tested, not much is at stake, because you’re not producing something new or alive. 
The ground is constantly pulverized, so that life can be brought forth You don’t pulverize the ground so that it can produce life (through planting), you stabilize the ground so that nothing from the past is disturbed. 
There is forward motion and constant change.  You are looking to memorialize days gone by.
It is hard work, but it is all focused toward producing life and life-giving sustenance.  It is hard work, but it is focused on discovery and preservation of the past. 

About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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