"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power." I Corinthians 4:20
It is easy for those of us in the Western Church to be enamored with our technology, our education and our programs. These things are not wrong - they simply can be done without God. The Kingdom of God is not about what we can accomplish in our own power. The Kingdom of God is about God doing the impossible through us. The impossible requires the power of God. This power heals the sick, saves the lost and confronts spiritual forces of darkness.
When the power of God is made manifest it forces people to make decisions to engage a reality that is outside of their control and comfort. If the church begins to create a culture where we only celebrate what we can do in our own power and strength then we are in trouble. Our celebration should be in what God is doing supernaturally. The church is not a community service organization - we belong to a Kingdom where our mandate is to walk in the power of God to accomplish things that seem to be impossible.