OKAY – SO, WE’RE WEIRD
What’s wrong with us? Don’t we know how to do “church?” We violate almost all the rules for churches today. Let me count the ways:
• No Sunday School!
• No separation of families into special groups or classes!
• No music or “worship” program!
• No offering plates passed!
• No attempt to have “Every member canvasses” or Tithing programs!
• No fundraisers – ham dinners, chicken suppers, pancake breakfasts!
• No concerts or entertainment programs!
• No full schedule of reasons to be at church night after night!
• No choirs or choir practices!
• No programs for teens or young kids!
No wonder we don’t grow rapidly like so many other churches.
What do we do with all our time?
• In the church hour – a couple of hymns, a brief prayer, and directly teaching the Word of God, the purpose being to disciple and equip believers for the work of ministry.
• In the balance of the week – individuals freed up to ministry to kids, family, friends and neighbors.
We have the strange idea that Christian training of our kids is the responsibility of the parents. The parents (especially the father) are charged with raising their kids in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (see Proverbs and Ephesians 6:1-4.
We think ministry in the neighborhood and home are more important than “ministry” in and to the “church.”
Where on earth did we get such strange ideas? Can we point to anyone else doing such things?
Well, yes –
The early church in Acts comes to mind. What did they do? Any of the things churches do today? Check over the first list, then check the second, and see how they line up!
What did they do?
• They met on Sunday (probably Sunday evening, since Sunday was a workday then).
• They probably met in various small groups, since they had to meet in homes or in open areas.
• They prayed, listened to the teaching of various apostles (perhaps the Apostles did a circuit of the various groups?), and enjoyed a meal and fellowship together.
• Then, they went home and spread the message of the Gospel wherever they could.
Seems strange, doesn’t it? I wonder why we veered so far away from that practice? (That’s another story, which I’ll share with you (at least, my understanding of it) at another time. In fact, I wrote a book on that (“Fractured Fellowships”) which you might find stimulating.
For now, I’ll leave you with our weird ideas. Perhaps you won’t think them so weird, after all.
Thanks for reading. Bill