The Radical Way of Jesus

While I might not agree with everything he has to say, what Bishop Michael Curry stated in his address to the recent convention of his NC diocese resounds within me.  I share some of the Winston-Salem Journal article here:

A church should not be concerned about its own life, but instead should follow the steps of Jesus . . . Jesus was trying to get us to understand that we need to move beyond our own individual self-interest . . . We need to go beyond our various ideologies and go where God dreams for us to be. . . The church’s goal should not be to build bigger churches, start a lot of new churches, or even fill up the pews.  I’m not convinced those goals are born of the gospel.  Instead, the goals should be to live, witness to, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to make disciples . . .

You go, Bishop Curry!  Some of these statements are radical departures from “the way we do church” in 2011; yet, it sounds like the very heartbeat of our heavenly Father, as made clear in His Word.  Why should it be so radical, then, even to the eyes and ears of Christians today?  Have we bought into the world’s ways, the world’s ambitions, the world’s ideas of what constitutes success?  Have we become more competitive toward one another about which church or denomination is “best”, rather than competing against the devil for the souls of the people who haven’t yet believed and received Christ Jesus, their only hope of salvation?  Have we lost our focus, our purpose – which is truly to know Christ and to make Him known to others?

It’s time to break out of the four walls of the church (an overused cliché, but relevant here).  Maybe, it’s really time to break down those walls and not try to build newer, bigger, or better ones.  It’s time for us to realize that Jesus Christ came for a lost and dying world, tearing down walls everywhere He taught, that the world could know Him.  Why, then, do we insist on our walls, still believing we can reach the world for Christ with them?

Please don’t let this be just food for thought.  Let it become a catalyst for action.  We’re not going to make disciples – followers of Christ – of our Jerusalems, Judeas, Samarias, and the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8), until we let go of the old way and do it Jesus’ way.

Be sure to post your comments here to help THE church truly look like Jesus to the world!

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5 thoughts on “The Radical Way of Jesus

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  3. This is Great!!! Exactly what the church needs to hear. Instead of constructing buildings why not start house churches as they are doing in India? Money saved on buildings & up keep can be used to preach the Gospel. Makes “cents” doesn’t it?(Pun intended).

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  4. We agree a thousand percent!!!! Jesus did not instruct us to build buildings but to go evangelize a lost world.There’s a new revolution in the church in India. It’s called house churches. Instead of spending money to build & maintain buildings(as nice as they are) Pastors raise up leaders & send them out to plant house churches. When the house won’t accommodate any more people they just plant another house church. Discipleship is much easier to accomplish in a house church setting & the money saved can be used to help preach the gospel. Makes cents dosen’t it?(pun intended!!!).

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  5. Brenda Dawson

    This was Awesome to read. “Jesus came” Oh glory! That alone makes me want to share all about him. It speaks of His love, willingness, and want for us. His desire for the world, (for each of us personally) is so so much more than we even could want for ourselves. He saw us right where we are, and He came. Thank you Lord. That will go off in me all day !

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