Friday, September 08, 2006

dying church

Darryl at dying church posts this quote from a Bill Hull article.
"Come die with us." What a thing to put on a big digital church sign by the freeway. Not exactly what church consultants would recommend to entice the seeker. Most followers of Jesus would have an idea of what the statement means, but they would dare not make it part of their public persona. It sounds out of touch, too frontal, too costly, too everything. Wouldn't it be better to say, "Come live with us?" or "Come have an adventure with us?" People don't like to think morbid thoughts, especially when it's about them. But then again it would depend on what one thinks is at the heart of the Christian experience.
Later in the article Hull writes:
A disciple lives for others. In this case the Holy Other is God. When one lives for God, then God’s will is what will advance the Kingdom and give him the greatest glory. It is not about our lives and our ministries and our careers.
What a difference in our lives, in the church, in the world, if followers of Jesus Christ - disciples - would live for others:
  • God
  • brothers & sisters in Christ
  • those who have not yet been drawn into God's Kingdom

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