Am I attracted to what my church is offering,
Am I an offering of my church that is attractive?
It’s a phrase that came to me at Brew Ha cafe today.
I go into my community as a representative of the body of Christ. But I have so often felt that I have failed to represent him, through both inconsistensy of character and out of a sense of loyalty to what is on offer at my church for me to attend.
To be present in church is to be absent from my community. Now this is not to say that we should not go to church! As I have said in my original statement I need to be an attractive offering as I head out from the community of believers called the church. It is a group of beleivers who come together to build each other up that we might be better equipped to ‘make an offering’ that is so Christlike it compels people to meet Christ.
The problem for me in the past (and it continues a bit) is that so much of what my church offers is designed to bring people in, not send people out. I love all the stuff, the music, the meetings, the ‘hanging out together’, the mens ministry, the whatever . I thought we were meant to be sent not invited. Westfield Shopping Plaza ‘invites’, isn’t the church meant to send? Where was discipleship and evangelism originally thought to have taken place? Serious question! I thought is was like in the marketplace, you know, “As you are going, make disciples“.
Or is it “when you come here we will make your friends into disciples”?
Well it’s not generally happening ‘out there’ so someone has to coordinate it or it wont get done!
Good point. And not a bad argument.
But maybe we have stopped doing outside the church because it’s done for us institutionally? Which comes first the chicken or the egg?
Well back to may original statement…
I think I will try taking the teachings of my church, my bible, at face value and attempt to become salt/light/yeast etc in the world around me. I will accept that not ALL the attractive things on offer on the smorgasboard of my cool church are meant for me to be offered to me or taken by me, and in fact it would seem that the more I take of what’s on offer the less I am physically able to be in my mission field.
To be overly attracted to what’s on offer can be fatal to the mission of Christ!
To creat space and learn to be attractive like Christ, may well help his mission.