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Church… Activity or Culture?

Growing up I went to a reasonably stereotypical Southern Baptist church… We had our “contemporary” service early, and in a different room than the “sanctuary”, we had our Wednesday night potluck and business meeting, and everything happened according to plan. We even had the annual youth ski trip, where at least 1 person would end up with a broken bone. It was good, we were happy. We had our group of friends, and knew the schedule… But as I grew older, and more than that when I was living in Lynchburg, going to Liberty U. something in me changed. I grew this need to constantly and fervently be somehow finding ways to worship and be engaged in “church”. I had this idea that “church” was something you did, and that if you wanted to become closer to Christ you had to find ways to do more of it. So I did… I wrote a blog post about “Satisfaction in God” which you can read HERE, but this post I want to do something a little different.  When you read Acts you’ll notice that the early church “did” church but it never became an “activity” to them… It was their culture. They took care of each other, lead each other, stretched each other, and were able to grow and spread rapidly. What if we as Christians stopped looking at what we had to DO for our church and allowed ourselves to become wholly surrendered to God and to living a life of Christ and with him. This is the point at which we break through and church becomes, not an activity, but a culture. What would it take for your church to stop having activities, and start building culture?

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  1. Neil
    January 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Been thinking about this a lot lately. It’s not about going to church, it’s about doing church, being the church. That’s where life change happens.

  2. Mom
    January 20, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    As a youth you may have felt that you were just “doing church” but it was always our prayer that you would come to know Christ personally and to not just belive what your parents believed, but that your relationship with Christ would become intimate and personal. One of the purposes of “doing church” was to bring you friendships fellowship and guidance and allow you to see that as adults we were also just “children” to our God. As parents, as I assume that you will be one day, we were always aware that we could simply introduce you to Christ. It was always up to you to yield to the Holy Spirit and come to know our Lord personally and realize the JOY of having that secure and personal relationship with Christ and having the assurance of His unconditional love to pass on to others… which you do so well. As parents we are SO proud of you and your faith… but we know that we ultimately had nothing to do with it. It was the work of the Holy Spirit and your own choice. Every church has purposes of it’s own just as Christians have different callings. The church of your youth contributed greatly to your upbringing…

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