Saturday, December 22, 2012
Some Conversations With Non-Church-Goers
I can't pinpoint how these conversations get started. I used to pray for opportunities, more along the lines of evangelizing the lost. I think one difference now is I don't start with the assumption that someone is lost just because they don't "go" to an evangelical "bible believing" church.
It feels like a God thing how these conversations emerge from places I would not expect.
I am getting the feeling there are a lot of people who are open to Jesus, but have been turned off by institutional religion for one reason or another. Some of the reasons may be valid, I see some real problems with how church is normally done. Others may have given up for reasons that may be more a reflection of the individuals lack of maturity. I don't know.
I fear some people that have distanced themselves from going to church have decreased their spiritual health as a result. If that time was the main time they spent connecting with God and other Christ followers, cutting that time out may have stumped their spiritual growth. I don't know.
However, I wonder what would happen in our culture if the message got out there that following Jesus does not have to include going "to church". There are many things Jesus commanded His followers to do. Going to church was not one of them. As we follow Jesus we will hopefully find others who are following and want hang out, encourage, teach, and support each other to follow Jesus better. But that may look different than what we are used to.
Anyways, I just thought I'd share these thoughts. I have been encouraged by the work God is slowly doing in and around me, and I am hopeful God can use me more to share Jesus with others.
I'd love to hear your thoughts.