The Broken Church Experience
I love the current accessibility to the Word today. I listen to a lot of sermons throughout the week. Probably close to 30. I listen to the greats like Mark Driscoll John Piper, Chuck Missler, Matt Chandlar, and an assortment of pastors from smaller congregations that just ooze the love of Jesus. Thank you smart phones. To be honest it leaves me a little annoyed at church on Sunday morning. It seems like such chore. Get up, get dressed, fight with wife and kids, warm up the car, let the dog out one more time, get to church and tell everyone I am doing great when I am not. This cannot be what it means in Hebrews 10: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
The church is not a building it is a group of believers. Here are three simple tips to enhance your “church” experience.
1.Live Life Together
If the only time you hang out with Christians is on Sunday you are missing out. I love talking about Jesus. I love talking Dogma and Doctrine. The early church emphasized gather together in homes and eating together. Christians need to be around other Christians. We need to live life together. Not just do Sundays together. It is hard to fake it in your own home. When we get out of church buildings we truly see each others needs. (Thanks for the Pizza last night Johnathan)
2. Eat Out
When I hear someone leaving the a church because “they are not being fed” I want to scream. I cannot find anywhere in the Bible that growing in Christ is your pastor’s responsibility. Shepherds do not hand feed the sheep. You need to read the Bible, read books, listen to sermons, read the Bible, Read the Bible, and READ THE BIBLE. As a maturing christian you must learn to feed yourself. Go ahead and go eat out. Eat at other churches. meet other Christians away from your congregation. Don’t be afraid to listen to other denominations.
3. Be Authentic
Stop saying “I will pray for you.” STOP IT! ARGGH. If someone mentions a need in passing, STOP right there and pray. We have to stop this being fake. I am the biggest perpetrator of this. Not everything is fine. We HAVE to build each other up. Instead we build ourselves up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. Stop faking. You are stealing the opportunity to truly bless each other.