Church as we know it is preventing church as God wants it.
Church, again, is not a meeting; it’s a way of life.
Do not go door to door. –Jesus in Luke 10
The church not only had a message, it was the message. Because the church in itself was ‘good news’ there was no need for proclamation-style evangelism or going door to door. Only when the church as a structure became ‘bad news’, an ill-matching structure for an explosive message, did the need for special ‘good news’ enterprises emerge. Evangelism without a functioning church model is evangelism because of the lack of a working church model, and it provides literally out-of-body experiences and even out-of-body conversions.
The church we preach about is very different than the church we preach to.
Speaking of people attending our religious services…They were attracted, but not included; interested, but not integrated into the enveloping fellowship; harvested and cut, but not gathered into the barn; touched but not transformed. They turned to look briefly at the Way, then turned away, disappointed with what they saw.
The Lord’s supper is actually more a substantial supper with a symbolic meaning, than a symbolic supper with a substantial meaning. God is restoring eating back into our meeting.
Do we need to change from being powerful actors and start acting powerfully?
Excerpts from a book I am reading called: Houses That Change The World by Wolfgang Simson