If You Build It They Will Come?

t’s no secret that I’m a big sports fan, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that some of my favorite movies are sports movies. There’s been some real classics like The Sandlot, Hoosiers, The Bad News Bears, Remember the Titans, The Rookie, Talladega Nights and of course Happy Gilmore. But my favorite sports movie is Field of Dreams.


The movie stars Kevin Costner who plays Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, who hears a voice telling him to build something. The voice gives a very simple command and says, “If you build it they will come.” So Ray builds a baseball diamond in the middle of his corn field and the 1919 Chicago Black Sox team that was banned from baseball show up to play on his field. It’s a great story that has much more of a story line than just what I’ve described and if you’ve never seen the film you definitely should.


Unfortunately, the promise that Ray gets if he builds something someone will come isn’t exactly the way life works for the church. It would be great if all we needed to do was to build a building but it takes more than just that. It takes more than just having a building to bring people in. Jesus said that we were to go into the highways and the alleys and anywhere that the people were. All too often we are simply content to wait for people to show up to Glenview but that simply isn’t going to work. If we want to see people come to know Jesus then we must do more than simply build a building. We have a great facility that the Lord has blessed us with but what good is it if we don’t compel people to come to it?


So while, “If you build it they will come,” is a great tagline for a movie, it’s really a poor evangelism model for the church. On December 20

th, we are hosting a community breakfast for anyone and everyone in our community and the only way that it will be successful is for us to go into the highways, the streets, the alleyways and start inviting people to come. I would ask two things of you as we prepare for the 20th

. First that you would invite people and bring food for our breakfast, and secondly that you would begin praying that the Holy Spirit would be preparing the hearts of those who will come who may have never encountered the gospel before and that upon hearing the life changing gospel of Jesus that their hearts would be surrendered to the Lord.


It’s going to be a great day, but not because we built something but because you went where the people are!!