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The State Of Churches

January 2, 2013

I read in Forgotten God (pp. 181-183) how an ex gang member who became a Christian went to the writer’s local church to see what church was like. After attending for a while he stopped going there. When asked why, he said that he had actually found more of a “family” in gangs.

In fact, that’s what I’ve also encountered in my history of going to churches. I mean, they’ve all had expensive global outreaches, but there was no sense of family at the churches. There was just a pharisetical hierarchy … and then the masses. Yet here I was with a ministry … even a world-class, badly needed ministry … but I could get no interest from the hierarchy. And yet I badly needed support (financial and workers) to spread it, but could get none.

An interesting thing about these churches is that there was a regular migration out of them. Was it because people weren’t finding “family” in them? That was the case for many of the small community groups I was in, and it was the case for me too. Some of these churches had good Bible-centered preaching, but no real human connection. Just a bunch of individuals with their outside family but not a church family. Yet Jesus said this about family. “Then Jesus’ mother and brothers came. They stood outside and sent a person in to tell Jesus to come out. Many people were sitting around Jesus. They said to him, “Your mother and brothers are waiting for you outside.” Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then Jesus looked at those people sitting around him. He said, “These people are my mother and my brothers! My true brother and sister and mother are those people that do the things God wants.” Mark 3:31-35.

This dilemma is especially concerning for me as an evangelist. That is, my job is to get people interested in, and even excited about, Christianity. But then I need to pass them on to good churches, where they can grow as Christians and have a full Christian experience. And it is helpful to do that in a Christian community that is more advanced in Christianity than they are. But my experience says that you are on your own with God (which still is good, but can be better with other believers and in a church as described in the Bible).

So, how is the church that you go to in this regard? Is this just my experience, or are there good “family” churches out there? And are there any churches according to the ones that the Bible defines in Acts 2:42-47?

http://www.DennisMarcellinoMinistries.org

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