Each week this month, BuildingChurchLeaders.com is considering how different expressions of Christianity can more faithfully embody the calling God has placed on them. These letters are patterned off the words of Jesus in Revelation 23. While they lack the authority of Scripture, they contain many convicting insights brought in the spirit of humility and love for the church. This letter, written by John Ortberg, is addressed to the churches that he knows best: those in the seeker movement.
These are the words of the Seeker after lost sheep and lost coins and prodigal sons and daughters:
I love your heart for lost people.
I love the way you think and risk and give and stop at nothing to let all persons know they matter to me.
I love the way you have reclaimed the task of evangelism for the church.
That's just the heart of a shepherd searching for lost sheep; a father longing for his lost son.
I love your heart.
I love your devotion to community.
I love to see you gathered in homes to pray ...1