I read all 31 editorials. Wading through their jaded bitterness, biased agendas and crude judgments I actually discovered a measure of truth.
I was left with a few strong impressions… For most of these churches, it appears that their primary reason for existence was to make sure that they continued to exist.
Hmmm… that’s not good and it’s most certainly not enough.
What was missing from each of these gathering? Well, for one, God, God was missing. There wasn’t any discernable evidence of His manifest presence or power. If there had been, isn’t it fair to say that one of these reporters would have documented it?
So, with my previous post as a backdrop I pose the following question…
Why do we do this thing called church? Here's my short list…
~ To Encounter God: To know and experience Him.
~ Corporate Worship: That spiritually powerful synergy of joining together to extol His virtues and express our love for Him.
~ Community: A place to gather and relate with other followers of Jesus. Community provides companionship for the journey.
~ Inspiration & Challenge: To live lives worthy of the callings we have received.
~ Education & Training: To equip us to live supernatural lives with holiness and humility.
~ Service & Outreach: Allowing us opportunity to put our faith into action.
Why do you do church?
St. Paul warned us of “terrible times in the last days”, I fear they have arrived.
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5
© Tom Zawacki 2007