“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
Imagine someone coming to you thirsty. I mean really thirsty. They have struggled without water for days. They are on the brink of death.
'Water. I need Water. Please anyone have any water?'
You are a good person. You will give this thirsty person a glass of water. You will hand it to them. You will watch them suck the water down. You will refill the glass and give them a second. You will help them until they are satisfied.
What would you do if you didn't have a glass? Or a cup? Or a mug?
What if you had no way to give them the water you had.?
Northside Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is just a glass. We are a glass that God through Jesus uses to give water, living water, to the world.
The glass is not the water. The glass is not what the thirsty world needs. The thirsty world needs water, living water, Spirit, God; but without the glass, without the church, God cannot give to the world what the world needs.
People want to be spiritual without being religious. We get that here. We understand. But we also understand that religion is a vessel that provides access to the Eternal Love of God.
Religion is not the point. Spirit is the point. But without religion, Spirit is hard to share.
Over time the church forgot that it was not the point. The church started giving people religion without Spirit. The glass without the water.
It is no wonder that people have fled the church. They want water not shards of glass. They want Spirit not religion.
They want Love not rules. They want Way not wrong. They want Abundant Life not doctrine. We get that here.
Northside is a growing sacred community that works hard to be a vessel of God's Eternal Love to all people.
We really mean all people. Just the way you are. Divorced. Single. Remarried. Gay. Tattooed. Addicted.
To join Northside all you need is to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. That is it.
In joining you are standing before the church asking for their love, as you are, and promising to love them back, as they are.
This is hard to do. But with Jesus' help it is possible.
We prove that here.
We hope Northside is the sacred community God has sent you searching for and that our invitation to you to join us is a blessing.