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March 22, 2007

I just finished reading The Emerging Church by a pastor in California named Dan Kimball. Really good stuff and I highly recommend it, especially if you work in youth ministry. It got me really excited, but I’m not going to go into all of it.

It also got me thinking about the Church (as opposed to the church). Most of us know – because most of us have the same good pastor – that the body of Christ is the Church, not the building we meet in. We know it, but I wonder how much we really believe it.

We believe that the church should produce a good Sunday morning service and attract people to Jesus. So if we really believed that we are the Church we would do the things that we expect the church to do.

We would volunteer in a ministry.
We would tithe regularly and give extra for special events or causes.
We would pray for our church leaders every day.
We would live like Christians in our workplaces.
We would worship, read a Bible and pray every day.

It wouldn’t just be a good sermon to talk about reflecting Jesus or preaching without words … We’d be doing it. Our passion would be as obvious in a traffic jam as it is on Sunday morning – because both are good times to worship or listen to a sermon.

So are we the Church or do we go to a church? Just a thought.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. I Ravish His Heart permalink
    March 22, 2007 5:53 pm

    That’s pretty sweet. Your right we are the church…. hmmmm…. so everything we expect from or at church we should be doing. O yeah and what where you and the worship leaders talking about… huh.?.?.? When did u guys talk..?..?..

  2. jeffie permalink
    March 23, 2007 3:19 am

    about or little less than 10% of our church tithes but 20-35% are involved in ministry(ies) thats good compared to American standard… what about God. I think you hit a strong nerve and one that needs to be inflammed long enough to get long lasting attention.

  3. Lex permalink
    March 23, 2007 1:18 pm

    I’ll just re-post this post once a week until we all get it. Ha. “What about God?” That deserves a post of it’s own.

  4. tami permalink
    March 23, 2007 3:48 pm

    where did jeff get the stats on tithing and ministry involvement? staff meeting lowdown? those numbers actually sound low for CITW.

  5. tami permalink
    March 23, 2007 4:00 pm

    oh, and can i borrow that book when i’m done with your other one? :)

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