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Why We Need to Immediately Stop Doing ‘Church as Usual’


„I just can’t sit through one more church service!” This is the cry of our current remnant generation. Pastors, are you listening?

My wife and I were so excited to reconnect with a couple of friends yesterday. This couple has been invested in the prophetic and in the local church as powerful regional leaders for years. We spent the evening talking about the state of the church, and how the new wine simply must come, yet the church is far from ready.

One of them simply stated, „I just can’t sit through one more church service!”

Such a simple statement, yet it resonated powerfully in my spirit. I can’t either.

People Are Leaving The Church in Droves

So, What Is Church As Usual?

Boring Preaching

Fear of Man

Tired Order of Service

No Revival Emphasis…

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https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/79763-why-we-need-to-immediately-stop-doing-church-as-usual-2

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Ce este și ce nu este Biserica?


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Ce nu este Biserica lui Hristos?

– Nu este o denominațiune sau un cult religios. Adeseori oamenii confundă biserica cu un cult, poate și datorită faptului că anumite culte sau denominațiuni își revendică dreptul exclusiv la harului lui Dumnezeu. Ceea ce este total greșit.

– Nu este locașul de închinare. Nu este o clădire sau un loc anume, fie el și Ierusalim sau sanctuarul bisericii. Iată ce spunea Domnul Isus samaritencei: „Dar vine ceasul, şi acum a şi venit, când închinătorii adevăraţi se vor închina Tatălui în duh şi în adevăr; fiindcă astfel de închinători doreşte şi Tatăl.” (Ioan 4:23)

– Nu este o ideologie, un sistem de valori sau o filozofie de viață. Biserica are o ideologie, un sistem de valori și o filozofie de viață, dar nu este o ideologie.

– Nu este programul sau slujba religioasă. Biserica are slujbe sau servicii religioase. Este adevărat că în multe biserici totul se rezumă la slujbă sau la un program și cam atât, dar aceasta nu însemnă că biserica este slujba religioasă.

– Nu este tradiția religioasă. Fiecare biserică are tot felul de tradiții și obiceiuri care sunt sau nu sunt biblice.

– Nu este un restaurant spiritual unde să mergi doar ca să mănânci fast food spiritual, adică predici consumate rapid, iar dacă se poate să fie servite la drive-thru, adică din mers, că doar suntem în secolul vitezei, și cu un meniu diversificat, o predică în engleză, una în românește, una cu glume, una fără, 3 online de nume celebre ș.a.

– Nu este un club social-politic sau un centru cultural. În biserică sunt aspecte sociale, culturale și politice dar nu putem să ne facem din ele un scop în sine.

– Nu este un business în care păstorul, prezbiterii sau bordul sunt patronii și membrii sunt angajații. Biblia are o altă perspectivă: „păstoriţi turma lui Dumnezeu care este sub paza voastră, nu de silă, ci de bunăvoie, după voia lui Dumnezeu; nu pentru un câştig mârşav, ci cu lepădare de sine.Nu ca şi cum aţi stăpâni peste cei ce v-au căzut la împărţire, ci făcându-vă pilde turmei.” (1 Petru 5:2,3)

A. Tozer spunea: „Biserica nu este centru de socializare, și nici sediul de afaceri. Biserica este cortul întâlnirii, (sau aș adăuga eu templul lui Dumnezeu) este ușa ce se deschide spre ceruri, locul unde omul se întâlnește cu Dumnezeu.” Acestă ușă, acest loc de întâlnire cu Dumnezeu este în inima noastră.
– Nu este o zi, cum ar fi duminica sau sâmbăta când mergem la slujbă sau la un serviciu divin. Lista poate continua…

Ce este Biserica?

– Sunt oameni născuți din Dumnezeu și plini de Duhul Sfânt care sunt chemați ca să trăiască o viață sfântă și care sunt trimiși în lume ca să facă ucenici.

– Biserica sunt oamenii Împărăției lui Dumnezeu. Sunt fii și fiicele lui Dumnezeu.

Adeseori accentul nostru în slujire nu mai este pe oameni ci pe slujbă sau program, pe organizare și strategii, pe clădiri și decoruri sau pentru multe cauze nobile. Dar, după cum spunea Walter Henrichsen, Isus “nu a murit pentru o cauză (nobilă). El a murit pentru oameni.” (“He did not die for a cause. He died for people.”)

– Cuvântul Ekklesia apare prima dată în Matei 16:18. Este folosit de 114 ori în Noul Testament și înseamnă adunarea credincioșilor chemați afară dintr-o lume fără Dumnezeu, dintr-un sistem de valori nebiblic, dintr-o gândire și o ideologie fără Dumnezeu.

“Dar tuturor celor ce L-au primit, adică celor ce cred în Numele Lui, le-a dat dreptul să se facă copii ai lui Dumnezeu; născuţi nu din sânge, nici din voia firii lor, nici din voia vreunui om, ci din Dumnezeu.” (Ioan 1:12, 13)

Dorin Pele

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What our churches are missing today is the true fellowship with one another


SOMETHING FOR US TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK.

Our churches are not missing great services.
Neither good preaching or beautiful songs.

What our churches are missing today is the true fellowship with one another. 1 John 1:7.

Relationships among the body of Christ today are based on anything else but Christ principles and values.

They are based on money status, education status, family status, relative status, fame and personal interest, but Christ.

And because of it our churches become emptier day by day.

Selective relationships brought disconnection in the body of Christ.

The members of the body of Christ don’t feel with one another because they are disconnected, each body member with its own thing.

Christ is not the center of the relationships anymore.

In order to avoid more pain members in the body of Christ try to pose an image of greatness and perfection.

Also try pose busyness and full schedule.They try to pretend that all is good all is great while in private are in agony and pain.

Other members in the body of Christ are long gone.They are nowhere to be found. Lost in the world among the crowds. Nobody knows where they are, neither put an effort to be found by the ones that are still in the church.

What exactly brought the body of Christ to this stage?

I strongly believe disconnection from the truth.

Who is the truth? God’s Word is the truth. The Word that became flash and leaved among us.

Jesus Christ ! John 1:14

Unless the churches are going back to the true fellowship that are based on the truth , Jesus Christ principles, they will become more emptier than we can imagine.

Or they will become full social clubs that will magnify & encourage the ego and continue to feed the flash.

Our churches will become a gandering of counterfeit christians that will sing beautiful songs, preach very good messages , pray wonderful prayers, do great charities and go home leave a daily double life.

Such churches will never have impact among their communities,their surroundings because Jesus said:

The world will know you that you are my disciples if you love one another. John 13:35

AND IF THERE IS NO TRUE FELLOWSHIP
THERE IS NO LOVE.

IF THERE IS NO LOVE
THERE IS NO IMPACT OF THE TRUTH
AMONG COMMUNITIES
AND AMONG NATIONS.

Livia Pele

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Dear Church, Here’s Why People Are Really Leaving the Church


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„Want to know why people are really leaving the church? Being on the other side of the Exodus stinks, don’t it?

I see the panic on your face, Church.

I know the internal terror as you see the statistics and hear the stories and scan the exit polls.

I see you desperately scrambling to do damage control for the fence-sitters, and manufacture passion from the shrinking faithful, and I want to help you.

You may think you know why people are leaving you, but I’m not sure you do.

You think it’s because “the culture” is so lost, so perverse, so beyond help that they are all walking away.

You believe that they’ve turned a deaf ear to the voice of God; chasing money, and sex, and material things.

You think that the gays and the Muslims and the Atheists and the pop stars have so screwed up the morality of the world that everyone is abandoning faith in droves

But those aren’t the reasons people are leaving the church.

They aren’t the problem, Church.

You are the problem.

Let me elaborate in five ways …”

1. Your Sunday productions have worn thin.

2. You speak in a foreign tongue.

3. Your vision can’t see past your building.

4. You choose lousy battles.

5. Your love doesn’t look like love.

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The Hottest Thing at Church Is Not Your Pastor or Worship Leader


„Despite a new wave of contemporary church buzzwords like relationalrelevant, and intentional, people who show up on Sundays are looking for the same thing that has long anchored most services: preaching centered on the Bible.

“Sermons that teach about Scripture” are the No. 1 reason Americans go to church, according to a new Gallup poll.

Researchers found that 82 percent of Protestants and 76 percent of all regular worshipers consider sermons’ biblical lessons as a major factor that draws them to services…”

Read more here: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/april/gallup-hottest-thing-at-church-not-pastor-worship.html

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The Most Important Aspect of Leadership: Passing It On | Dr. Myles Munroe


„The greatest act of leadership is mentoring…”

„What is leadership? Leadership is the capacity to influence others through inspiration, generated by a passion, motivated by a vision, birth by a conviction, produce by a purpose.”

„Leaders never seek to be leader. Every true leader in history was a reactive person, they didn’t want to be a leader.”

„Most of the leaders that you call leaders in my definition could be professional manipulators. They manipulate your fears, your need for approval, your need for recognition and they play with your feelings …” True leaders never manipulate, they inspire.”

 

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Has the Jezebel Spirit Infiltrated Your Church?


 

Has the Jezebel Spirit Infiltrated Your Church?

“I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching, she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.”

Rev. 2:19-20

Much has been written in recent years about “the Jezebel spirit,” and how every local church and every believer should be on high guard against those who think and act like Jezebel. But who is Jezebel? What defines her spirit? And why does it pose such a threat to you and your church?

Jezebel in Scripture

In the Old Testament, Jezebel was a pagan who became the wife of Ahab, king of Israel, and proceeded to corrupt him and most of the people. She used her power and influence to sway others to idolatrous and wicked ways and was completely unrepentant. In Revelations 2:20, her name appears again—this time speaking of an unknown individual in the church of Thyatira who was similarly leading early Christians astray, seducing them into immorality through her influence and charisma.”…

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Church, It’s Time to Surrender to God


„I feel that most pastors and churches would agree that there continues to be a deep need for a spiritual revival in our churches today. We need to decide, as pastors and churches, to deal honestly with God’s desires for us to give our full allegiance to Him. Until we surrender to Him fully, we will have little to no prospect of a revival in our hearts, limited to no stirring of the Spirit in our churches, and little to no spiritual awakening in our land. True revival is nothing less and nothing more than the manifest presence of God in our lives. It is when Jesus is free to be who He wants to be in, through, and around us. A surrendered pastor and a surrendered church will experience spiritual revival, especially when both are surrendered at the same time…”Read more >>

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Young Christians are leaving the church – Here’s why


A new, 2018 Pew Research Center Reportpolled a growing group in America: “religious nones.” This group describes themselves as “nothing in particular” when asked if they identify with a specific religious group. The vast majority are ex-Christians, and most are under the age of 35. Pew asked a representative sample of these “religious nones” why they now reject any religious affiliation and provided respondents with six possible responses...”

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Shocking Evangelism Statistics!


https://bible.org/illustration/evangelism-statistics

10-shocking-weight-loss-facts„Ninety-five percent of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ.
Eighty percent of all Christians do not consistently witness for Christ.
Less than two percent are involved in the ministry of evangelism.
Seventy-one percent do not give toward the financing of the great Commission.

One particular denomination did a survey on its leadership ministries. The results are as follows:

  • 63% of the leadership in this denomination, including deacons and elders, have not led one stranger to Jesus in the last two years through the method of “Go Ye” evangelism.
  • 49% of the leadership ministries spend zero time in an average week ministering outside of the church.
  • 89% of the leadership ministries have zero time reserved on their list of weekly priorities for going out to evangelize.
  • 99% of the leadership ministries believe that every Christian, including leadership, has been commanded to preach the gospel to a lost world.
  • 97% believe that if the leadership had a greater conviction and involvement in evangelism, that it would be an example for the church to follow.
  • 96% of the leadership believe their churches would have grown faster if they would have been more involved in evangelism.

Because of this, our results in evangelism have been mediocre, at best.

“Street Level Evangelism, Where is the Space for the Local Evangelist,” by Michael Parrott, Acts Evangelism, Spokane, WA, 1993, pp. 9-11.”

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