The Real Change
So much energy is focused on what makes Church right, what can we do, that we are not doing anything to change ourselves.
True innovation in the church needs to not just focus about making it better. If you look at all of the innovative churches in the country, all of them follow the same model, welcome, worship, message, announcements (in some relevant order). Yes we have moving lights, visual media, pre-fabricated worship music, and so much more, but we have to engage in real relationships.
We have to fight for our communities, there is an enemy that seems to be fighting twice as hard to win the souls for eternity, and we think just because we have a cool and cutting edge building and technology, that it will solve the problem.
We believe when we truly turn our hearts to Jesus, the Church will be reflected.
Missions can’t be a once a month event, Missions needs to be a daily event that we are passionate about, and willing to do anything to reach people for Christ.
What if we utilized and forced our congregations to learn discipleship. Engage your congregations is not even show up on some Sundays, and have them engage with people outside the church walls. Great time for reaching out, since it eliminates all the Christians in public places since they are all in church. What would happen?
Worship Leaders, when is the last time you wrote your own Worship to God, God gave the gift of leading worship to many worship leaders but they are stuck playing pre-fabricated worship. The bible says in Psalm 33:3, Sing a new song to him; play skillfully and shout for joy. Again, in Psalm 96:1, Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. We see this phrase over and over again from Worship Leaders in the bible. But again we are stuck singing the same unoriginal crap week after week.
We can fight trying to make church better, but we will fight till we die. There are many great churches in the world that are reaching out, but we need to focus on true personal development to see real change. A development that loves Jesus first and then our neighbors like ourselves.
Jesus came for a relationship, and for you to experience a more abundant life. If you share that concept people will want to come to know him. And then instead of building a church of spectators, we will have people on fire for Jesus.
We need to be a light in the world. A world that is hurting and starving for a God that loves them so much. But we have to break the bubble that we live in. Consumerism has got it good.
Craig Groeschel, who is an amazing man that truly loves Jesus, has stated some great questions that we need to ask ourselves over and over again.
When is the last time you’ve had a lost person in your home? (This does not include the plumber who repaired your sink)
How many meaningful conversations did you have with non-Christians this week?
Who are the non-believers you prayed for today?
Writing this post has opened all of our eyes at IML. We want to commit to building more relationships with people we don’t know over the years ahead and we are excited to be a part of any movement that is loving Jesus and sharing that with others.
Share your thoughts.