Thursday, November 6, 2014
Is the Church Growth Model Biblical?
Last night at church, I was disheartened to begin on another Bible "study" that is not Biblically correct! The study simply has the purpose of helping believers know "why they are here."
We see from this passage that God commands His people, the redeemed in Yeshua Messiah, to come out and be a separate people, thus there is no intimate living or mingling together (now, today's modern "church" in America is not intimate living together either, but that's another post.)
And Yeshua taught His followers:Now this is just from the perspective of a difference between the redeemed and the unredeemed. There are many more differences that should be studied and known, what it means to be elect, the New Covenant (Jer. 31:31-33), the role of pastors, true purpsoe of the church... but as for a lack of time, I'll stop here for now.
Biblically speaking, that could go on for quite a bit, listing all the reasons why God has created us in His image, and purchased back the believers from their fallen state in sin, into a new creation through the prophesied substitionary death of His Son on the cross. For knowing Yhwh intimately, calling on Him as Abba, Father, living in fellowship with the Trinity, for worship, etc. etc. That could be and maybe should be a study of its own!
But so what got me so disheartened was one of the final reflection/action steps at the end of the study. It told us to think of one person we should invite to the next study. And the response of anger and disbelief when I stated an objection to this goal! Looking back, it was almost funny. Now let me state that I am still in good graces with all the people who were in the study, as it should be... but should we be inviting and bringing unbelievers into the church?
Let's say what the scripture says about unbelievers (from God's persepective):
(2 Cor. 6:14-16).
But the LORD goes on to say in the next verses -
All being under the power of sin, is before those are set free from the law of sin and death by the Spirit of God, and for those, there is no longer any condemnation Paul tells us later in Rom. 8:1.