One of the most searching verses in the entire Bible is Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God.” The key word here is the word “impossible.” The Bible does not say “improbable” or “unlikely” – it says “impossible.”
Now this truth applies to the way church families conduct themselves just like it applies to how individuals conduct themselves. God delights in people who walk by faith.
As one of our staff members said: “If you want the fruit, you’ve got to be willing to go out on the limb – because that’s where it is.” And how right he is. No tree has fruit growing on the trunk! But as we all know, going out on the limb demands “risk.” In other words, there’s no way to exhibit faith without taking risk.
Here at McLean Bible Church, we tell folks: “If you hate risk, you don’t want to be a part of this church!” The reason for saying this is that we’re always about one nanometer away from total disaster here.
- We’re not “foolhardy” – but we are “risktakers” for God.
- We believe in “pushing the envelope” for Jesus Christ.
- We believe that the organizations and the people God uses are always the ones that are “leaning forward in the saddle.” And this is the kind of church we’re committed to being.
When the Lord shows us something that we believe He’s calling us to do for Him, we step out in faith and take risk. And we believe that the Bible testifies to the fact that God’s richest rewards are reserved for those people and those church families who are willing to live by faith like this.