Saturday, June 16, 2012


Are you bored in the institutional church setting?  Are you concerned about the lack of spiritual transformation you see in these organizations?  How about yourself?  Are you growing spiritually or do you find yourself spiritually stagnant?  Perhaps you've noticed more spiritual growth outside the organized church setting than inside.  What about the New Testament church?  We see a church that was alive and vibrant!  The early church is not duplicated in the organized church of today.  In fact, comparing the early church to today's church one can see, with little effort, how far we have departed from our biblical roots.
Just recently I wrote several blog posts regarding what church has become and the problems with that.  Now that we've looked at the problems it's time to look at some biblical solutions and answer a couple of questions.  So, is there a viable way of doing church outside of the institutional church setting?  If so, what does it look like?

I think most, today, have a flawed understanding of what the church is.  The church isn't an organization, a denomination or even a movement.  The church is not a building or a gathering at a particular time on a particular day.  The church is so much more than that. The church is the people of God and is also known as the bride of Jesus Christ.

I don't know that there is only one "right" way the church expresses herself in the world, today.  I believe there are a variety of ways and means that God has provided for us to be the church on the earth today.  So we want to look at some fresh ways of being the church in this blog over the coming weeks.  We will take a look at the teachings of Jesus as well as the other apostles in the New Testament.  We will see how they fleshed it out in their day to day lives.  

I long so much, and have for several years, to see God's people set free from the spiritual bondage the status quo brings with it.  Leadership in the institutional church often creates oppression on the congregants of these churches.  God is not an oppressive God.  Jesus is not an oppressive Savior.

Jesus desires go be the Head of His church.  We need to get back to the basics.  We need to get back to the supremacy of Christ in our lives, our families, our gatherings and our local assemblies.  Only then will the church be the church God has ordained her to be!

Until next time, enjoy the journey!


It you know of someone who would be challenged and encouraged by this blog please pass on a link to them.  You can share this blog easily by clicking on the links below.  I believe the church needs to be set free from the bondage of the status quo she has been in for so long.  The blogs over the next few weeks will help us to see how this can be done.

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