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CHURCH AS A SPECTATOR SPORT

A British pastor and author made this observation a few years ago. I think it’s still accurate. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said,

"Men and women no longer...exercise in sport as they used to. Instead, people tend to sit in crowds and just watch other people play. ...And I fear that the tendency is even [presenting] itself in the...Church.

More and more we see...people are just sitting back in crowds while one or two people are expected to be doing everything. Now that, of course, is a complete denial of the New Testament doctrine of the Church as the Body of Christ, where every single member has responsibility, and has a function, and matters."

(Citation: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Revival, Christianity Today, Vol. 31, no. 18.)

I don’t think Jesus intends for the church to be a spectator sport.

(From a sermon by Mark Haines, More Than a Spectator, 5/2/2011)

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