The prophets and apostles died giving testimony to the LORD and His character. One might think that an invitation for the redeemed to be “ALL IN” would be unnecessary, but that is not the case. Here are a few of the challenges we all face in our changing world.
THE NEED FOR THIS THEME — CHANGING COMMITMENTS
In his book An Unstoppable Force, Erwin McManus points to the church shopping phenomenon when he writes, “‘We’re looking for a church that meets our needs.’ It seems like I’ve heard this one 1,000 times. The phenomenon of church shoppers has profoundly shaped the contemporary church. The conversation is not about relevance but convenience. The focus is not in serving the world, the church itself has become the focal point. Our motto degenerated from ‘We are the church, here to serve a lost and broken world’ to ‘What does the church have to offer me?’ This move has made the pastor the only minister, while making the members the only recipients of ministry.”
THE NEED FOR THIS THEME — FORGOTTEN RESPONSIBILITIES
On Jan 15, 2009, Captain Chesley Sullenberger averted a near disaster when he landed his airliner in the Hudson River. Taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, US Air Flight 1549 flew through a flock of geese, sucking some into the engines causing both engines to malfunction. Without power and without the needed altitude to return to the airport, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger landed in the river saving all 155 people on board. In an interview with 60 Minutes Sully said the next few nights were sleepless. He said that the responsibility he felt for the lives of the 155 people has weighed heavily on him.
THE NEED FOR THIS THEME — CLOUDED VISION OF PURPOSE
In his book Listening to God, John Ackerman writes, “Ed White, senior consultant for the Alban Institute, often asks churches, ‘What business are you in?’ A lot of churches are in the business of providing a wonderful worship service on Sunday. Others are in the business of providing a nice religious museum for a handful of the likeminded. Some are in the business of getting people involved in activity, particularly to work for social justice. There is BUT one business the Gospels describe: the disciple-making business.”