Archive for May, 2015

What do we want?

“Give us a New Testament church”. I have heard that many times in the 11+years I have been pastoring. I normally reply with “Really, you want a NT church and why is that?” Most answers tend to be:
• They were on fire for Jesus
• They had great unity
• They were growing
• They loved each other

While all of that is true, we seem to forget one thing. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Acts 2:46

Notice that word daily? We want a New Testament church, but in our new fashioned way. In other words, I want the fire, I want the unity, I want the love, I want the growth…but I won’t commit to it. When these new believers got saved, they also got changed. They had a new priority in life and that priority was God. He became first to them in their life, their family, their work. They thought about God, they talked about God, they went to the temple (everyday), they went to houses (everyday) and God blessed them for “having no other gods before Him”.

How do I know we really don’t want a NT church? Because on Sunday morning we average 100-110 in services, but come Sunday night we average 35. Wednesday nights are 35-45 in attendance. When special services are conducted on a “non church night” (i.e. revival services, special singing, or just fun fellowship times) again we get around that 35-45 range in attendance. Now I am not saying that you have to just come to the church to “prove” you are a New Testament church, because there are many church activities that go on outside the four walls, but even those are poorly supported by “the church” (the body of Christ). What I am asking is when was the last time someone asked you to do something and you asked yourself “was there anything going on in my church that I could / should be supporting”? When was the last time someone invited you to an event on a day / night that is a normal day / night your church meets and you told them “No thank you, I go to church on that day / night during that time frame”?

Yes, we want a NT church, but it must happen between 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM on a Sunday morning only…Hmmmm, really?