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No Attenders Here

April 22, 2013

“I think it’s far too easy to blame the American church without acknowledging that we are each part of the church and therefore responsible.”[1]

If we are church members we are not only the problem, but also the solution. Yes, it’s true. Being a member of a church is far more than arriving on Sunday in time (or a little late) for the start of the announcements or singing, listening to a sermon and then leaving. It is more than attending Wednesday evening services or Bible studies or small groups. If the church is only a place to meet twice a week we have reduced the power of the Body to a mere 4-6 hours a week where we are consumers of faith.

The church should be a living organism. Yes, we should meet and have corporate worship, prayer, and teaching. This is a time of corporate worship where we pour our collective hearts out to God. It is also where we support and encourage other believers. It is in these same services where we are taught the Word of God for spiritual nourishment and growth. Yet, that should be only a small part of our church. The church really goes into action as they step out the doors and enter the “real world.” That is where the messiness is and where life is tough.

Each member of the church can be part of the solution. The church cannot survive with church attenders. Church attenders are those who arrive for services and consume the product offered to them. Instead, the church needs people of action, participants one might say. The church needs those who will go radically out into the world and seek the hurting, and homeless. They intentionally invite a widow over for dinner simply to share Christ’s love with her through action. Other Christians may volunteer for Meals on Wheels to deliver food to shut-ins. Jesus was a man of action. He is a believer’s example.

Each person has an opportunity to be the solution or the problem. Quit attending and start participating!

[1] Francis Chan. Crazy Love. Colorado Springs, CO: David C Cook, 2008. 19-20

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