Identity Crisis

I am going to post a video but please understand that this video in no way is my opinion or close to my opinion of Newspring Church in Anderson, SC. But it will validate a point that we most definitely need to look at in our church today.

this is not a post to bash anyone but simply to say this. When unchurched people look at the church what do they see? A giant mess. Individual churches are trying to change this from Newspring to Elevation to many many others. But regardless the stereotype is that of mass confusion.

The church has an identity crisis. It is hard to imagine how we got here. I don’t how it gets fixed but it will take more than a strong effort from individual churches that is for sure. God gave us one Bible and eternal absolute truths, but yet when you try to define what the church of God looks like, what do you come up with? Its tougher than you think to come up with a complete description.

Tell me what you think will have to be done to fix this problem, is it a problem? Should we try to fix it?

And once again I chose this video because of the main illustration point and not for any other reason. I apologize for the thoughts contained in it.

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3 Comments

  1. Of course the church is a “giant mess.” We’re living in the Laodicean church age. What do you expect?

  2. Something that can work in defining the Church in today’s culture is crossing denominational lines and coming together to do a great work. It’s working in our small town. We have a small cafe ministry with 37 volunteers from 9 different churches!

    The cafe is a great tool for the Church to be a presence in the community. The cafe attracts people who would never darken the doors of a church, and those young people and families get to see first hand God’s people loving them, serving them, and listening to them.

    Tim Van Arsdale
    Author, You’ve Got Spam! a refreshing collection of e-mails regarding mercy ministry

  3. I really believe that what the church needs is very simple. (at least to some degree)
    1. We need to start defining what we do by the Scriptures and stop focusing on results.
    2. We have a desperate need to be led on by the Spirit of God. Especially seeing as how He is the one who will lead us into all truth.

    I know this is easier said than done. Everyone has there own opinion of what both of those things mean, but we shouldn’t. Sometimes it makes me wonder what “spirit” they are being led by, or if I am the idiot. I don’t know but I hope this is beneficial.

    I love you bro.
    Jeff


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