Ed Stetzer recently shared the following story:
Last year, Caroline Inglis was on the verge of an historic feat. No high school golfer, male or female, had ever captured the Oregon state title four consecutive years. Inglis won the class 5A state tournament her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. There seemed very little doubt that she would win the title again as a senior.
On the course, Caroline dominated the rest of the field—finishing with a 3-under 69, nine shots better than any other golfer. On the last hole, with victory assured, she scored her first bogey of the day. That would not have been an issue, except for the fact that her playing partner wrote down she had made a par. Caroline signed her scorecard and turned it in, believing she had just accomplished an Oregon first. In reality, she had just disqualified herself.
In golf, turning in an incorrect scorecard results in a disqualification. Because she had signed and submitted the wrong score, Caroline forfeited the win even though her actual score was still much better than anyone else. Having the wrong scorecard can make all the difference in the world.
I wonder if we, Faith Church, have been using the wrong scorecard? What would be on Jesus’ scorecard?
If Jesus had a scorecard, he wouldn’t be counting the believers. Our bishop, Bruce Hill, recently wrote “Jesus doesn’t want believers, he wants disciples.” How do you feel about that statement? What is the big deal? Are believers and disciples really so different? Wouldn’t Jesus be feeling pretty good about people believing in him? What is a disciple?
In our 3rd sermon on the mission of the church, we’re going to dig into this a bit. Feel free to post your thoughts and questions now though!