How would God’s mission in the world through the the church be affected if we were to lower the bar of how church is done and raise the bar of what it means to be a disciple? In the book “organic church,” the authors propose that “if the church is simple enough that everyone can do it and is made up of people who take up their cross and follow Jesus at any cost, the result will be churches that empower the common Christian to do the uncommon works of God. Churches will become healthy, fertile, and productive.” When I look at the church in our society and see how complex we continually make it, I am worried that we will increasingly loose the simple message of the gospel and with that loss become like the cooperate behemoths with specialized roles geared towards profit making and in the end create the church of professionals that non-professionals would not feel welcome at. My heart is troubled with what I see because it is so far removed from the New Testament example where we see the great message of world’s redemption entrusted to rugged fishermen on one qualification only, “they had been with Jesus”. It is my prayer and hope that the church today will begin to reflect deeply on her mission and once again live up to its call to be the light of the world. Being “light” means the church should shine in darkness and as that happens, what hides in the darkness is revealed. The church, I believe ought to be distinct and it is that distinctness that the world is hungry for. let us focus on our call to live as disciples and make disciples in the process.


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