Have you ever really taken a good look at how the bible portrays what the original church was supposed to look like?
1 Corinthians 12:12-31
Listen to how great this picture is!
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:14-16.
Now, THAT is what the church was MADE to look like!
As the church we should be learning together, sharing together, and growing together to become GREATER together. We should welcome constructive criticism from others and be bold enough to confront and encourage others in LOVE. We should meet together and build upon each other because WE HAVE A JOB TO DO!
The church was not created to be stagnant, but to evolve just as we are constantly evolving in our faith. The church was not created to drive out our younger generations with our inability to consider their fresh suggestions, but to pass the torch to them, and to “work our way out of a job.” Just as a missionary travels abroad to build into the lives of the less fortunate and creates a ministry appointing leaders from that country to learn how to run the organization themselves and continue its growth, we need to be trusting our younger generation to carry on the growth we can no longer generate.
The church was not created to simply attend its weekly service, learn for ourselves and go home feeling satisfied that we have fulfilled our obligation. The church was not created with the intention to isolate itself from the community and treat those outside our church walls as less than our “clearly superior” life choices. The church was created to equip the congregation with the necessary tools to be as bold as a missionary within our own community and to devote our lives to making disciples to join us in Gods kingdom.
The church was not intended to blindly follow our pastors teachings but to discern for ourselves what is right, and constantly judge to ensure that the church is heading in the right direction. This is not to say that our pastors are wrong in what they say, though, we are living in a dangerous culture in which there are many false prophets and it is extremely important that we do not allow ourselves to be swayed by their teaching.
How beautiful it would be to see this design displayed once again, to see God’s true and perfect love ruling our hearts to build up our church into its original purpose. How beautiful to see communities dramatically changed, bringing honor and glory back to the phrase “followers of Christ.” This is what our world needs now, a bold movement to return the church to its original purpose in order to overflow Gods love effectively onto our communities.
Now, more than ever before.