This post is to reflect over the meeting culture and lack of mission based, Kingdom based and discipleship based church we have become.
Today many of so called successful church concepts are built around our Sunday meetings. With the latest technology, powerful worship, cozy facilities and appealing sermons in a seeker sensitive way we call it Super Sundays.
But if I take this down one level, for us that do not have all this new thinking and technology in place are also birds of the same feather as we count success in how many attendees we have in our meetings. That for me are fruits of Christendom, but not discipleship or Kingdom thinking.
Let me clarify if you get confused. I am not against church or meetings as this is biblical. But I question the meeting culture we have been stuck into the last generations.
”And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,” – Acts 2:46 ESV
I believe we need to come back to the roots again of what it really means to follow Jesus.
I think our Sundays could really be Super Sundays if we come together to share with our family in church how our week has been. What victories and battles we have faced during the week when extending the Kingdom, training disciples, sharing Christ. Out there in the field. Then fancy meetings would not be the center of our presentations during Sundays but testimonials.
Let me be clear, we do not change the nations having meetings, we change the nations making difference out there.
– That is being Kingdom minded!
If the plan does not work, change the plan but not the goal.
Church, we need to change our mindset back to Jesus´ mindset. Having only meetings have not worked. We need to move out of our comfort zone. That is the reason we in our region have started “Feet on street”.
Paul put it like this:
”Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:5-8
When we say we would love to be like Christ it should challenge us Jesus left his comfort zone coming to earth.
When our Sundays will be full of testimonies then I promise you our churches will be full again, with new disciples that follow you to the church family. But we need to start in the right end.
Today many of us devote one day to Christ, Sundays. But instead the whole week should be devoted to Christ, not just Sundays.
Touch Base Mentality
I think we need to again establish what I would call Touch Base mentality.
We touch base on Sundays, but for the rest of the week we do our rounds, catches, pitches, runs and jumps for the Kingdom, and when then Sunday comes, we touch base and church cheers – well done!