The Dying Church

Thay’ve got it! This is what church is about.

“Church growth and health isn’t the point. Following Jesus is the point. Jesus may want to lead churches to places that will hurt their growth and health. He may want to lead us to places in which our churches won’t even survive. The issue isn’t church growth or health. The real issue is whether or not a church is willing to follow Jesus.

What about this – a church that is willing to die to its own interests and welfare, to pick up its cross, and follow Jesus? What about a church that, if faced with a choice between following Jesus into unknown and dangerous territory, and taking a safe route that would lead to growth and health – what about a church that would willingly take the dangerous route in order to follow Jesus?”

Or similarly, as Martin Luther King Jr said

“If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust.”

Great stuff. How do we do it?

One thought on “The Dying Church

  1. From my perspective its got to start with prayer! I reckon in many cases this is a great way in which we get direction. And if the whole church is going to be involved it needs to be corporate prayer and have everyone involved.My pastor at present is doing some stuff on “keeping the main thing the main thing” not a very catchy title but he is basically saying we have to get back to loving Jesus and people in our community. I am loving it, because I totally agree. We have to focus on Jesus otherwise we go nowhere and everything we create will crumble. I also believe that old adage “there is nothing new under the sun”, i think the only way we can do something new is through Jesus.There endith the waffle.

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