What's up with the church?
After twenty eight chapters of Acts I’m scratching my head saying, “How in the world did we get so off track from what the church is all about?”Â I don’t say this in a way that calibrates me and “my church” as having arrived… But I’m saying to myself, “Where did we miss it?”
Within the past few weeks, I’ve been repenting over getting off track as a church.Â After searching my own heart, I can see where we can miss it.Â Guru books, what this church is doing, felt-needs, idols, everyone’s desires, spoiled people, lack of submission, busy schedules, fear, and consumerism, etc… etc… can cause a church to miss the whole purpose for which we gather.Â Â Now don’t get me wrong, we get that JESUS is our central focus and preaching the gospel is our message but what about how the gospel inspires us to constantly pray for one another andÂ experience “one heart” community life?Â And better yet, what about understanding the expectation that as a church we need to prepare to endure persecution?
It’s crazy… Has, “I’m going to pray for you” become something that we just say or is it really something we take time to do?Â Are IPhones and Facebook accounts meeting felt needs so much that we’ve lost our fervor to just fall on our faces for one another?Â Stuff is happening all around us that needs our fervent prayers.Â What are we really devoted to?
What about gathering together for community life?Â Has church been reduced to Sunday morning only?Â What about doing life as the body of Christ?Â What about getting into someone else’s life and being there for them?Â What about having fun, eating food, studying the Word, asking questions and getting to know people?Â Our church communities around the world should be drawing “thirsty”, hungry and malnourished people who are starving because they don’t know Jesus.Â Our communities should be blessed because there’s a group of Christians gather in a house in a particular neighborhood… Man, that’s what I want.Â I want to see the church living out loud for Jesus.
Don’t get me started talking about “enduring persecution.”Â No one likes persecution.Â But what a blessing – Acts is loaded with testimonies of the providence of God in the midst of suffering.Â Listen to me, if suffering is being the church then we can’t deny that’s it’s coming.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.Â In the meantime, listen to the message on 3/1/09, it comes with a PPT that we followed during our time together.Â Dig into Acts, find the church and let me know what you discover.