Wednesday, November 11, 2009

RIP Church

2 Samuel 15:32 "When David arrived at the summit, where people used to worship God, Hushai the Arkite was there to meet him, his robe torn and dust on his head."

Read this chapter in my prayer time this morning and one line leapt off the page at me..."where people used to worship"

A lot of churches are closing down or dying slow deaths. More and more buildings are being left with the epitaph, "This is where people used to worship."

The old adage that the Church is one generation away from extinction is very true.

But, there's hope!

We simply need to reconsider how we are being church! If you spend more time in programs, events, and studies for your own people than you do in opportunities with the community, your church probably won't last.

If your peoples' pants don't have the knees worn out of them because of desperate pleading to God, your church probably won't last.

If your Church Budget is more building maintenance, renovation and upkeep than community maintenance, renovation and upkeep, your church probably won't last.

If your Church looks to the Bible to get more information about God rather than to get transformation from God, you probably won't last.

If your worship service is more about getting butts in the seats than it is about getting butts to the throne of grace, your church probably won't last.

But if we can begin to corporately reclaim Mission, Service, Prayer, Bible and Worship, God will breathe new life into our old and dried out bones.

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