I read from Bill Hybels that the future of the world rests in the hands of the local church. No pressure church…I wonder if we took the church back to the Fellowship of Believers what would the church look like. If the future of the world rests in the church then we have work to do. Look at the outside world and tell me it is not in need of some transformation. Lives are a mess, the local church attendance is falling in a majority of churches and it seems that a lot of leaders today are in a place that it really doesn’t matter as long as they have a place in the religious system.
What has happened is that we face a world where there is an abundance of nominal Christians. Nominal Christianity is defined by those who proclaim the name Christian, yet remain uncommitted. The title of Christian is not a very impressive term anymore. What has happened is that we attach Christian to being American, church goer, been baptized or even vote a certain way. Unfortunately this is not the focus of the Gospel and what it says to the outside world is that maybe following Christ is not an “A” priority or really is the ONLY priority. Nominalism is pure and simple a lack of commitment where a person or churches commitment is more important that a commitment to the Gospel.
What we have to do is get back to the basics of being passionate, sold out, courageous for the Gospel. Several years ago I went to a medical doctor for a checkup and at the end of the visit we had an opportunity to talk about church. It was then we talked about the future of the church and it was then the doctor handed me a prescription. On this prescription paper it says Joshua 1:9:
“I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
This leads me to this post. We have to be in a place where we are not fearful of the results at trying to reach people for the glory of God. We can’t be fearful of the response of even those around us. God is in this for God and it is our opportunity to face this nominal Christian lifestyle and change it back into courageous, passionate and Gospel focused.
Again the word is that the future of the world depends on the church and those in the church. If we are going to change the world then we have to focus on our passion for Jesus and draw closer to Him so that the world sees the Spirit of God in us.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14