Summary: Rediscovering the purpose and practice of our faith
I remember when I was teenager going to a church right after I became a Christian and I remember it being like family. I remember this deep connection that everyone had. There was a close friendship between everyone. and we were constantly involved in each other’s lives and in the life of the community. Things started changing though. People starting becoming really busy and life kind of got in the way and we kind of became secluded. We began to live these very independent lives where we just kind of kept to ourselves. And then the church became a very inward focused organization. Just as the emphasis on education went up across our country, the same effect rippled across the face of the church. There was this emphasis of knowing the Bible-what does it say, what does it mean, and Bible study became the norm.
Well, over the past few years several churches have begun to notice that something was a bit off, something was missing. People, really. No one was showing up for church anymore. In fact, a lot of believers were beginning to leave the local church as well because they knew that the Church described in the Bible didn’t match up to the church they were attending. Something was off and something needed to change. The church needed to change and get back to the Biblical roots of its foundation.
For a lot of churches, the emphasis became on how to reach people. How can we get people back into church became the slogan for a lot of places and there was this push for marketing campaigns. The church basically and essentially tried to mimic pop culture in order to reach people. Well, in a way it worked. People did begin to start returning to church but not many remained in the church. Lots of people thought that church was okay for their kids because of the interactions and it laid out some morals for the kids but a lot of the parents were just like, well it’s not for me. VBS became a popular thing for the summer vacation among many churches and it involved a lot of parent activity, which was great. The churches saw some good things happen here and there. Some churches did well and some didn’t. They kept focusing on knowing the Word of God and marketing but still, things just weren’t adding up. The church in the New Testament still stood out as the exception. So for a lot of churches, they just began to make up excuses. They began to reason why God wasn’t moving in their midst-it was as if the movement of God was at a standstill. God was working in individual lives and building the church up-but year after year went by and still the seats remained empty.
The supernatural church of the New Testament became just that, a supernatural event. Could it happen here though? In the last few years, the churches in America have begun to understand that the supernatural element of the church was still available to them. God could move through the church-if and only if the church became what it was supposed to be. The church needed to get past the problems and focus on purpose. The church needed to move beyond the idea of the building and realize the people are the church.