This is a video that was created by Potential church in order to motivate its members to give by showing the impact their giving has already made. Their pastor, Troy Gramling, tells his congregation that God wants to use their gifts and experiences to impact their communities. This is why they “partner with people to reach their God potential.” God potential? This phrase always confuses me. Does “reaching your God potential” mean “salvation in Christ?” Or is this some kind of “RPG” leveling-up idea? Anyhow, will they use the gospel to do this? After all, the gospel is the power of God to save those who believe from the wrath of God that justly abides upon them. I will just go ahead and say, “No” because the gospel actually never makes an appearance in this video. Christ is mentioned for about 3 seconds, but leaves as quickly as He enters. Troy talks A LOT about impacting neighborhoods, tearing down walls, restoring families, rebuilding relationships, breaking addictions and changing the world. The reason he provides for their success? “Your commitment to be a temple centurion.”
“Temple is a word used in the Old Testament. It represents where God dwells, His presence. A centurion was a Roman soldier in the New Testament who led 100 men, one who would protect, proclaim and promote. Together they represent a person who will protect, proclaim and promote the presence of God–one who believes in the vision and dream that God has given to Potential Church.”
Here’s an idea. Instead of using flashy, ambiguous, clever and creative language (ie. God moments, God potential, temple centurion, etc.), how about you simply say, “We are the church, the bride for whom Christ died. We will go forth proclaiming the vicarious life, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah on behalf of sinfully wretched men, commanding all men everywhere to repent of their sins and believe the good news of what Jesus has done!” What’s wrong with that? Having spent time in Bible college, we were taught that one role of the pastor is to figure out his vision, and lead the church in that direction.
“The vision and dream that God has given to Potential Church,” if we can even call it a church, as well as the “vision” of any church is NOT to proclaim the presence of God. It is to proclaim repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Christ Jesus to everyone everywhere.