What Would Jesus Do?

Too often in the church we try to put ourselves in the place of God. We determine what we believe a loving God would do or say, according to our human definition of love, and act accordingly. However, we need to stop and ask ourselves more often what Jesus would do. If we actually took a good, hard look at Jesus’s life and ministry along with the rest of scripture, we would find the answers.

The problem is that the answers do not fit our preconceived ideas of what Jesus would do and what love really means. You see, Jesus wasn’t concerned about things like the size of group who followed him or whether or not people liked him. His identity and success didn’t rest on numbers or popularity. At the same time, however, he still deeply cared about those around him.

Jesus cared about those around him so much that he called them out of our sin. We, however, tend to think that loving and caring about others means not confronting them but inviting them to church and hoping they learn the gospel there. Confronting people and exposing their need for Christ can be difficult, but Jesus gives the perfect example of how to care for souls and not just popularity and numbers.

It is our calling to care for the souls of those around us and to make disciples. It’s not just about whether or not people enjoy their experience at church. A person who attends church regularly but never hears the gospel or is never exhorted to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation is no better off than they were before they began attending church. In fact, I would argue that they are worse off because people tend to put their faith in their church attendance if they do not correctly understand the gospel, and they think they are fine when in reality they are not fine and have not been saved from sin.

So remember, the size of your church doesn’t matter (except when it comes to paying the bill for heating and cooling in Anderson, Indiana, where the smaller churches tend to benefit from savings). It doesn’t matter if your music is the best around or if your pastor is the most fun and engaging in the area. Those things are okay, but they should never be the goal. Otherwise, our focus becomes external things and not the internal, soul condition of the lost people around us. If we lose this perspective, all of our efforts will be in vain. We have to model our ministry after that of Jesus Christ and love people while not being afraid to confront them with the truth and trust that God will do a work of regeneration in their hearts.

For more on this topic, check out what Francis Chan has to say in the video below.

Are There Differences Between Religions?

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How many times have you been in an argument about whether or not all religions are essentially the same?

It’s essentially like saying that buying a security alarm system in Richmond Indiana is exactly the same as getting your security alarm in Anderson Indiana.  While yes, companies in both locations will be able to provide you with the products and the services that you’re looking for, you’re going to get a different experience due to the fact that you’re dealing with two completely different companies, most likely selling slightly different products and services. 

To say that “love” is the cornerstone of all religion does sound nice; however, how one defines love begins to muddy the water substantially–and quickly as well!

My bias will shine through here, but I believe that a general “good will toward humanity” intention is the basis of love.  The idea that all of your thoughts, words and actions are all tools to help you better yourself and those around you.

The problem arises when individuals and/or religions take it upon themselves to determine exactly what it means to help.  If one man believes that another man is sinning because he is committing adultery for instance, the 3rd party may take it upon himself to eliminate this temptation by eliminating the problem–quite literally.

I understand the that previous example is a bit rash, so I will tone it down in this next one.

Consider saying the word “no.”  More often than not, when you tell someone “no” you are going to upset them, as they are obviously not getting what they want; however, sometimes this “no” is truly to serve a greater good for the individual making the request.

When you tell you child, “no, you cannot play in traffic,” for instance, you’re obviously looking out for the well being of your offspring; however, because of ignorance for the situation, your child may become upset because they see you as a party pooper that wants to ruin their good time.

Do you see how perspective will vary a situation?  And when we put things such as morality up for interpretation, things get very slippery.

Morality may have an ultimate truth, but us humans will only ever experience conflict in morality based on the opinions of others–not facts.

The only facts that may ever serve in the discussion on morality would be centered around how the human body responds to your actions.  For example, when you lie, your body will react by making you nervous or showing your “tell” as they say in poker–unless you’re trained at disguising this physical response, or you’re a complete psychopath incapable of empathy, lol.

The point is that morality has roots in all of us in one way or another, and when we believe to high extremes that “our way” is the right way and “their way” is the wrong way, we open ourselves up to acts of violence and persecution based on our own biases.

It is for these reasons that religion has been responsible for so many wars, deaths and other acts against humanity–because of human interpretation of morality.

Religions differ because their view on how to deal with morality, specifically those that don’t follow the rules, changes drastically from sect to sect.

General statements like “all religions are the same” are very dangerous, so if and when you choose to join whatever group you decide–be sure you know what you’re signing up for, as there are different religions for a reason, for better or for worse.

The Business of Church

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The age old saying goes something like “don’t talk religion, don’t talk politics,” right?

They are both “hot button” words for very sensitive subjects, as people often have very strong opinions on both, those opinions are rooted with very strong emotions and it is next to impossible to “prove” most things in both religion and politics, without the power of hind sight.

One thing that both have in common is that most people can agree that mixing corporate talk with either of these subjects is a sure-fire way to take the conversation up a few notches–as most believe the neither church, nor politics, should have anything to do with corporations at all.  This belief is probably rooted in the fact that both religion and politics seek to provide answers to social questions, and should be focused on the micro level, the individual; in contrast, corporations almost always concern themselves with the macro, or the masses of people.

Both paradigms have their place, and both can be useful as within their own framework.

Taking all of this into account, I am reminded of a conversation that I had with my uncle, who happens to be a preacher, about the “corporate” side of running a church.  While my bias is that my uncle is a humble mid-western preacher, I should also note that he is an educated man as well, whom is a part-time professor at a few universities in our area.

Our conversations about respecting the “corporate mentality” generally revolve around how the church presents herself to the everyday visitor.  Meaning, we try to take the perspective of the “visitor” to church, and try to take it all in as we assume that person would.

The main concept we generally discuss is how the praise and worship section of service is executed.

I play the guitar for our church band, and also have a DJ gig outside of church as well.  Within my DJing, I have learned a great deal about lighting, ambience, and the like and have approached my uncle several times about incorporating some of these “gifts” of mine into our weekly service.

We discuss the pros and con’s of having a “concert” in church which really boils down to recruiting a younger crowd via implementing “cooler” things such as lighting effects and what now; however, the main thing we do in church is to praise God, and that we should not add distractions that may interfere with our weekly relationship building with our savior.

The point is that he wants his church to be attractive to a young crowd, just as I’m sure every preacher wants.  With religion though, followers are generally called to be humble, to put God first, and to ensure that they are not practicing idolatry.  All of which is a difficult balance to maintain.

When thinking of the church as a business, we need new people coming through the door, but we should not compromise our values and our message for growth’s sake.

So the next time you’re in church and you start to get a “corporate” type of vibe, just take a look around you and perceive the struggle that may or may not be happening behind the scenes.  While a church may or may not need an internet marketing consultant to build a fancy website and attract new visitors via content marketing–well hey, maybe that’s exactly what the church needs to reach today’s younger audiences.

Judge and become angry slowly.  Seek discernment.  Above all, praise the Lord!

How To Bring People Into The Church

How to bring people into church is a very common question. People often want to find the appropriate solution for this problem. If you are looking forward to giving a life changing experience to people, then you must know the right method to bring more people into the church. Here are few ways discussed below. You can follow these in order to bring more people to the church.

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Methods To Bring People To Church

  • Invite People: The first way to attract more people to church is by inviting them. You can encourage other people to invite more friends and neighbors. In this fast world inviting people through word of mouth will never suffice. What you have to do is give them a tool of invitation. Tools such as invitation cards, Facebook posts, and other such activities will help you to draw more people to the church.
  • Post On Facebook: One of the most interesting ways to draw more people to church is a post on Facebook. Facebook is the most popular media of connection. You can leave a post on Facebook stating the know-hows and other descriptions. This will attract more people to the church.
  • Focus On Important Days: You can arrange a special attractive ceremony or implement any new idea on the big occasions. This will make it interesting for people and people would love to visit the church. Try to make the big days bigger by arranging something special for the people.
  • Pray For People: attracting more people to church is not about business tactics. All you have to do is make the day important to the people. The best thing that you can do is pray for people by their name. You can take the help of email to know the names of people. This will make the task interesting and valuable. People would definitely want to visit the church.
  • Make A Community: are people unaware about your church? That is because you cannot reach out to them. For this, all you have to do is make a community and make it visible to the people. You should reach out to people in order to make sure that there is maximum footfall to your church. Making a community is one of the best traditional methods to reach out to people.
  • Advertisement: No when it comes to attraction then how can someone do away with advertisements? You must promote your church through advertisement. Apart from the traditional methods, you must also look for trendy ways of advertisement. Facebook and other social media happen to be trendy methods of advertisement. You can go for these to make sure that maximum people visit your church.

Do not miss

Therefore to attract more people to your church, you can easily follow all these above-mentioned points. These steps will give you success and peace. You should not miss any of them as all of them are fruitful in attracting people.