More Rejesus-ing the Church

Here is another snippet from Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2009.

“…we do not like gatherings of strangers who never meet or know each other outside of Sundays, who sit passively while virtual strangers preach and lead singing, who put up with second-rate pseudo-community under the guise of connection with each other, who live different lives from Monday to Saturday than they do on Sunday, whose sole expression of worship is pop-style praise and worship, who rarely laugh together, fight injustice together, eat together, or share Jesus with those who have not yet been set free.  We do not like the church if it’s a fractured organization with hundreds of competing creeds, names, and doctrines, teaching a multitude of contradictory beliefs and insisting on compliance with a raft of recently invented traditions.  But if it’s a family of Jesus followers striving, no matter how inadequately, to be Christlike, holistic, peace-loving, worshipful, devoted, graced, holy, and healthy, then we will love it with every ounce of physical and emotional strength we have.”  (pp. 172-173)

Now a question: What sort of church do you want to be?

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6 responses to “More Rejesus-ing the Church

  1. There are two styles of congregations nowadays; a country club church and a family church. Too many of us are bordering on the country club style and have lost what it means to be a be a real Christian family. Maybe this is due to society’s breakdown of the family, maybe we’ve become too busy and don’t have time to fellowship. Whatever the issues, we need to get back to the Bible and the example of the early church. We need to be together.

    Congrats on your move to Randolph. I’ve worshiped there (when I was visiting Brian) and enjoyed meeting the good people. I’ll be praying for your move.

  2. The evangelical church has lost its theological moorings. We must join together with countless men of God down through the ages who loved the Church abd stood against the always encroaching man-centered doctrines which seek to turn the bride of Christ into a center for entertaining men.
    Ultimately all that matters is the glory of God (psalm 57:5). And God had ordained that He will receive most glory through His bride, the church (Ephesians 3:21). Restoring sound doctrine concerning the nature of conversion is foundational to being a church that brings God the glory He deserves!

  3. I think the description of the church in the post sets a good goal for all of us to shoot for!

  4. Hope the move is going well, Rex!

    That’s a great excerpt, and makes me want to read the book after I clean my plate off a little bit.

    It seems to me like the two types might also be described as cultural institution versus a living organism. No more hollow shells!

    • Steven, the move was quiete eventful. An aunt of mine died which necessitated an excursion trip to a funeral, the moving truck broke down which meant extra days on the road, nasty severe weather that left trees and power-lines down caused a delay…but we made it safe, so I am very thankful and excited.

      Rex

  5. I like the description “family of Jesus followers”. I think that in a lot of churches the one thing that is really missing is joy. No one should ever have to say, Oh, I have to go to church. It should be Oh, I am glad there is church!

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