The Church That Jesus Is Building – Part Eleven

I want to continue the series I have been researching and writing … Looking for the next few days at THE REINVENTION OF CHURCH….
In a research project in Amsterdam just a few years ago young people were asked if they were interested in God.
One hundred percent of them answered “yes”
Then they were asked whether they were interested in church
One percent said “yes” and 99 percent said “no”
Most pastors who heard this story assumed that something must be seriously wrong with the youth of Amsterdam since everything, in their minds, was right with the church
Today, a few years later, leaders would admit that it is probably the other way around
That maybe the youth of Amsterdam have some lessons to teach the church that most churches have been unwilling to learn

In general we have fallen in love with our own traditions and what we are comfortable with so that we think everything is good when that is really not the case

The church, in general, has reached the point where we are, in many ways, unable to hear and feel and thus touch the world from our safe and “holy” distance

Jesus would put it this way:

“So for the sake of your traditions you have made void the Word of God” (Matthew 15:6)

So, I believe that we are in a season when many things are going to change and a new “church” is emerging

One that is powerful and life-changing where the Word of God will be honored and believers will experience the presence and power of God in a fresh and new way – – In a way that brings life-transformation

Hebrews 12:26-27 (The Message Version) “So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words … one last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern. The phrase, ‘one last shaking’ means a through housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered”

We are in that season … and it can be uncomfortable because it means changing…

In the early church there were two aspects to the ongoing life of the Church

The CELEBRATION aspect where they met together in places like Solomon’s Temple Colonnade or outside in the open air by a river

The CELL aspect where the met in small groups often house-to-house

The CELEBRATION was where they worshipped and heard the Word of the Lord for the larger Christian family

The CELL was where they fellowshipped, ate together, prayed for one another, and prayed for the lost

With the lost often attending because it was a comfortable and ‘normal’ location and involved something ‘normal’ – eating and drinking coffee together

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