As Grassroots continues to grow, and as word spreads about what God is doing in and through us, people are beginning to ask, “What kind of church is Grassroots?”
For a while now, I have been having a difficult time answering that question. We never really had a catchy tagline. We never really set out to mimic and reproduce a certain “kind of church.” We simply believed God was calling us to plant a church in the heart of downtown Rockford. Sure, we had a (hazy) vision and some core values. But mostly we just wanted our church to be marked by Jesus.
We wanted to be a Jesus kind of church.
The more I learn to be with Jesus, to learn from Jesus, how to be like Jesus… the more I understand that Jesus was radically SAFE and HOLY.
Jesus was safe. Not safe in the cautious sort of way. Not safe in his radical life and teachings. But safe to the people who came to him. Think about it. People felt remarkably safe in the presence of Jesus. Outcasts, ragamuffins, prostitutes, pagans, beggars, and all those considered smitten by the religious establishment were welcomed by Jesus. These people ran, pushed, and shoved their way into his presence. They climbed up trees and dug holes through roofs… just to get to Jesus. People wanted to be with Jesus. He was safe.
Jesus was holy. When these people found their way to Jesus, their lives were transformed. Sins were forgiven, bodies healed, stoning rocks fell harmlessly to the ground. In the presence of Jesus, greed was transformed to generosity, legalism to grace, death to life. Scripture shows us, time and time again, that it was rarely possible to be in the presence of Jesus and not be transformed. Jesus changed everything! He was holy!
It is the vision of Grassroots to be a Jesus kind of church.
It is the vision of Grassroots to be a Safe and Holy church.