I Have A Dream


I began reading reading Frank Viola’s most recent book Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity. He closes his introduction with a segment titled; I Have a Dream regarding his dream for the church, which he adapted from Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered in Washington D.C, on August 28, 1963.  Here it is:

I have a dream that one day the church of Jesus Christ will rise up to her God-given calling and begin to live out the true meaning of her identity — which is, the very heartthrob of God Almighty — the fiancee of the King of all Kings.

I have a dream that Jesus Christ will one day be Head of His church again.  Not in pious rhetoric, but in reality.

I  have a dream that groups of Christians everywhere will begin to flesh out the New Testament reality that the church is a living organism and not an institutional organization.

I have a dream that the clergy/laity divide will someday be an antique of church history, and the Lord Jesus Himself will replace the moss-laden system of human hierarchy that has usurped His authority among His people.

I have a dream that multitudes of God’s people will not longer tolerate those man-made systems that have put them in religious bondage and under a pile of guilt, duty, condemnation, making them slaves to authoritarian systems and leaders.

I have a dream that the centrality and supremacy of Jesus Christ will be the focus, the mainstay, and the pursuit of every Christian and every church.  And that God’s dear people will no longer be obsessed with spiritual and religious things to the point of division.  But that their obsession and pursuit would be a person — the Lord Jesus Christ.

I have a dream that countless churches will be transformed from high-powered business organizations into spiritual families — authentic Christ-centered communities — where the members know one another intimately, love one another unconditionally, bleed for one another deeply, and rejoice with one another unfailingly.

I have a dream today………

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