Zach and Nikki, Part 2

Zach and Nikki, Part 2 June 20, 2010

In last week’scolumn, two unchurched guests named Zach and Nikki dropped in on Parker Hillsone random Sunday morning. Mildly curious about the Bible, they were attractedby the inscription on the church sign: “Bible based, Christ centered.” Theyconcluded from this description that an easy way to learn what the Bible saysabout Jesus would be to watch how people worship Him at PHBF.

Now at lunch, Zachand Nikki are processing their morning, trying to distill the service intosalient points that they assume are part of what the Bible teaches. Let’slisten in and see if their experience led them to “Bible based, Christcentered” conclusions.

Nikki: “I was kindof surprised the people were so nice. …and pretty normal. Church people usually scare me.” Bible based quality?Definitely. God is good. He loves people.Nobody knows that better than Christians, and so no group should be moregracious, loving, and genuinely smiley than a Christian church.

Zach: “Apparently,Jesus must really have something to say! That preacher-guy talked for like 40minutes.” Bible based conclusion? Definitely. When God wants to break in on theworld and get something done, invariably He starts by speaking. Examples: Hecreated the world by His word. He warned Noah, called Abraham, and covenantedwith the Patriarchs with His word. God spoke the Law to His people and theirkings, spoke poetry to songwriters and sages, and spoke warnings to theprophets. And then when He finally came personally into the world as a man, onewriter put it: “The Word became flesh” (Jn 1:14). Jesus definitely hassomething to say, and so a “Bible based, Christ centered” church spends a goodchunk of their meeting listening to Him speak.

Nikki: “I thoughtwe would hear more about the whole WWJD thing—what Jesus would do about all the problems in the worldtoday. But they seemed pretty obsessed with what Jesus did way back then.” Bible based emphasis? Definitely. We will neverget right what Jesus WOULD do until we set our bearings by what Jesus DID do,particularly what He did on the cross. Besides, Jesus’ direction to “Do this[i.e., the Lord’s Supper] in remembrance of Me” seems like a pretty clearindication of what He wants His people to obsess over.

Next week: more fictionaleavesdropping…