Sitting here wondering why it is so difficult for the church today, specifically in the North American context, to make disciples. Most people and most churches are impressed and happy by their numbers because a bunch of people went down an aisle and signed a card. Many of those same people are the ones that you cannot find anywhere near a church five years later. It is time for the church to wake up and realize what has been known as "discipleship" the last forty plus years has not been working. The proof is seen in our churches and the decline in most of them, especially in the "Bible belt".
Now what about those people who still profess with their mouth Christ, but see no reason to be connected to the church? I have countless friends who still consider themselves followers of Jesus, but see no need for the "organized church." Here is a challenging question that my pastor asked at church last night, "Can God be powerfully at work in your life apart from being part of the body, the Church?" -J.D. Greear The answer was a big "NO" based on Ephesians 2:11-3:13. So to those same friends, I challenge them to show me in the Bible, where they see no need for the church or to be connected to a local body of believers? I don't care if it is house church, church plant, denominational, nondenominational, small church, mega-church, etc. The importance is to get connected because it is the means by which God provides for His bride the church to do His mission.
Here are a handful of quotes from my pastor, J.D. Greear, from this weeks sermon that I highly enjoyed and agree with:
"The church is plan A; the church is he means by which God's Spirit does His work."
"You have no right asking for the power of God if you have separated yourself from the means of that power."