To Plant a Church

Launch Sunday has come and gone.  I sit here in the aftermath.  Some thoughts.

1) God calls.  I have driven across this city quite a bit the last few days.  Friends and family have come in from out of state.  I have spider webbed the East Village, the State Streets, and Downtown Flint.  There are many who wonder why we came to this city.  To this post-Christian, violent, lead-poisoned, church planting graveyard of a city.  And I say it simply, God calls.  And I am not the only one.  There are others… others who see more than all that media hype.  They see the people.  People whom God in heaven loves and died to save.  It is why we live here.  Why we work here.  Why we play here.  God calls.  And I am so glad He has.

2) The shepherd is not the king.  We live in a celebrity culture.  Celebrity politicians.  Youtube personalities.  And even celebrity preachers.  I once thought the Bible was the story of great men.  But it’s not.  It’s the story of a great God. The men rise and fall.  But God… its His Kingdom.  Its His glory.  It is Christ’s name that must be magnified.  It is my hope that Flint City Church would point towards Christ.

3) We make disciples.  It is our goal.  We are called to make disciples.  Not fans.  Not cheerleaders.  Not members of some political party.  We are making disciples of Jesus Christ.  Men and women who follow the Christ with their whole hearts.  When this is the aim, it changes what you do, how you do it, and even the measure of success.

4) Sometimes, there are no words.  I am a speaker, storyteller, writer.  I look for the metaphor or vocabulary to express what is within my heart and under the gaze of my eyes.  I have tried the last 24 hours to find a way to say it.  I can’t.  I can see the road ahead.  So all I will say is this.  The Launch was of the Lord.  The scripture was applauded.  The God of Heaven and Earth was praised.  Lost sinners came in out of the cold.  Seeds were planted.  And the work in Flint City has begun.

So… onward.  

-Ernesto Alaniz