Over the past few days…I have been thinking a lot about the Church and what the Church needs to do in order to move beyond decline and stagnation. Below are just a few of my thoughts…unprocessed…undeveloped. Just raw…original thoughts from a man who wants to see the Church thrive:
1 – Being too open-minded leads to being close-minded.
2 – If the Church does not speak up and stand for what it believes in…then no one will hear us.
3 – Scripture is inspired…even the parts that make you uncomfortable.
4 – When Jesus said, “Love your neighbor”…He was not saying, “Accept all people regardless of what they do…without correction.”
5 – It is okay for the Church to NOT tote society’s lines. Jesus did it religiously (see what I did there?)
6 – “Jesus Christ is the only way”…is not a statement of hostility or intolerance toward others…rather a statement of love.
7 – Sermons that do not offer Christ…are just speeches.
8 – Decide what the essentials are (there is more than one).
9 – People are not coming to Church because we fail to go to them.
10 – To reach those the Church has never reached…means the Church must do what the Church has never done.
What do you think? What does the Church need to learn?