“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.” – Matthew 14:23 (NIV)
Houses of worship around the world are filled with many different types of people. There are as many different worship styles as there are religions and denominations. Some are very quiet and follow a set liturgical outline week after week, while others are extremely loud and charismatic.
I guess the house of worship I attend falls somewhere in between…depending on what day it is.
The Creek usually follows a sermon series for several months on one or more books of the bible. The senior pastor teaches scripture line-by-line, verse-by-verse in a non-threatening manner. Yet, he adds just enough dramatic tone to keep one’s interest. Then there are other services, such as the ones we had this weekend, when one of the associate pastors comes at you at full throttle. (Yes, a little play on words there.) This weekend was Biker Sunday at the Creek.
Pastor Jim is not the typical pastor. He was a bad-to the bone biker who surrendered to the call of God. He leads a motorcycle ministry of men and women motorcyclists who also were once battling bad choices in life, the Creek Bikers. They go to out into the “roads and country lanes” to share the gospel in prisons or with other bikers who may be dealing with drug addiction, prostitution, or tough life circumstances and are in need of encouragement. The Creek Bikers are able to use their personal experiences as an outreach to others and an invitation to visit the Creek.
Pastor Jim stated that one of the questions the Creek bikers are asked time and again is, “Can God still love me after all the things I have done?” His answer is a resounding “YES!” He shares his favorite scripture verse with them, Romans 5:8.
“But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!”-Romans 5:8 (HSCB)
Nope, the Creek is not the typical church…depending on what day it is.
Heavenly Father, thank you for men and women like the Creek Bikers who are willing to go where others will not. Give us all the boldness to share your love wherever we may be. And give those who are seeking to change their lives the boldness to accept your love where they are. In Christ name, amen.