We believe that church should happen wherever life happens. You shouldn’t have to leave life to go to church.
— Neil Cole, Organic Church
I Don’t Need Fellowship to Do “American Church” — Francis Chan
What do you think of this statement?
Does it rub you wrong?
I have recently read several different popular leaders’ thoughts on “church”, the Church, the need to gather, and the Christian “F-word”—fellowship.
(Note: I learned that this was the “Christian F-word” from one of my mentors, Chilly Chilton. This refers to the fact that today no one but Christians use this word, which has lead to it becoming the epitome of Christianese.)
At the bottom of this post is a link to a video of Francis Chan at a Verge Network event, which is where the opening quote comes from. What he addresses is something that I have been pondering for some time.
When we read the Bible, and stop to honestly evaluate the message to those who follow Christ, what do we really read?
Is the message, “As a follower of Jesus your responsibility is to go to church” or do we get, “As a follower of Jesus your responsibility is to carry message of the gospel to the world?”
I would say it is the latter. The Church is anyone that is living-out the mission of the gospel — making disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18-20)…
Oh, and by the way, you should then find other followers of Christ to connect with regularly for encouragement and strength.
See 1 John 1:5-7 — fellowship first with God, which would lead to practicing the truth, which would then lead to fellowship with other Christians.
We have made Christianity about gathering at church, and not about the mission of the cross.
What are your thoughts?
I would love to know what you think, and some things that you are doing or praying about doing that would reflect your ideas.
Here is the link to the video of Francis Chan.
Francis Chan: I Don't Need Fellowship to Do "American Church".
1 From the depths of despair, O LORD,
I call for your help. 2 Hear my cry, O Lord.
Pay attention to my prayer. 3 LORD, if you kept a record of our sins,
who, O Lord, could ever survive? 4 But you offer forgiveness,
that we might learn to fear you. 5 I am counting on the LORD;
yes, I am counting on him.
I have put my hope in his word. 6 I long for the Lord
more than sentries long for the dawn,
yes, more than sentries long for the dawn. 7 O Israel, hope in the LORD;
for with the LORD there is unfailing love.
His redemption overflows. 8 He himself will redeem Israel
from every kind of sin.
Man… just feeling so desperate for Him today. Have you ever been there?
Have you ever just wanted more of the Lord in your life in a way that makes anything else seem insignificant… like nothing else can ever satisfy?
“… the people who have sat in darkness have seen a great light.
And for those who live in the land where death casts it’s shadow, a light has shined.”
Thank you, God, for sending your Son.
Light has shined in my darkness!
- Have you experienced this light that is referred to here?
- Do know Jesus Christ in a personal way?
- He wants to know you; and what better time than during the season in which we celebrate His coming to the world as a man for you to meet Him!
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
~ Benjamin Franklin
For the last 8 months this quote has proved true in my life due to the fact that I clock in for work at 6:00AM every day at The Drowsy Poet Coffee Co.
I know that if I don’t get the proper sleep, then I’m pretty much useless. I’m not as sensitive to the Holy Spirit, I’m groggy, don’t feel good, and the day drags on. I’ve learned that you prepare for tomorrow the night before (Darren Hileman).
Different people have different schedules; but what is important is learning how your body works and what it requires (which, other than prayer, is almost always less than what you think), and doing what is necessary to best prepare yourself for your day of service.
- What about you? Is bed time early or late, or does it change?
- Do you feel that your current bed time is best for you? Why?
- Do you think you should change it? Would you?
Sleepy at 10PM, and never thought I would be (goodnight)…
Building the right church depends on using all the wrong people.
This line is one of the ideas tackled by David Platt in his latest book, Radical Together. I’m just now in the book, so I’m not writing a review yet; but this statement really jumped off the page when I read it.
I want to hear what you think about this statement. You may have read this book, or maybe just heard about it, or never have read it or heard about it. It doesn’t matter to me.
- When you read that statement, what was your initial reaction?
- After considering the words chosen the author, did your understanding or acceptance of the statement change from your initial reaction? If so, why?
- Do you think this statement is biblically based?
Looking forward to hear what you think! (If any of you even care to respond… all 3 of you that will read this…) 😉