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Before we can minister to people, both in the Church and in the World, we must minister to God. (Acts 13:2). Thus, when we as believers put a priority on spending time alone with God and in His Word daily and the person of Jesus becomes more precious to us than anything this World has to offer, then and only then can we be sent by the Holy Spirit and become missional in the sense that Jesus meant it.

Eternal life is to know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He sent (jn 17:3). To know Jesus is to know the Word (Jn 1:1)

The push to be "culturally contextual" by the ECM often at the expense of the full counsul of God is a frightening thing. Right now, IMHO, the "Church" in America is so culturally sensitive, that the World sees little or no difference between itself and the Church.

"To the hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet". If the World (and the seekers of God in our congregations) do not see the doctrine of "Christ in us, the hope of Glory", then they will follow after "doctrines of demons and decitful spirits". (1Tim 4:1)

"Without Holiness, no man will see the Lord". Without holiness in the body of Christ, the World will not see the Lord in us and will go looking elsewhere for truth instead of the obvious hypocrisy they see in the "Church".

Prayer stations in services won't do it.
Prayer icons won't do it.
Watered down doctrine won't do it.

Jesus said, "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me."

They MUST see Jesus in us.

This will only happen when we start giving substantial time sitting at the feet of Jesus and hearing His Word.

By His Grace,


Thanks for this... I completely agree with the bulk of this (especially with the final paragraphs) I guess the only thing I would not go 100% with is that I don't see it as an either/or... For me 'sitting at the feet of Christ' is not a static thing, nor does Christ reside only in Churches... so to fully engage with Christ and indeed with the Trinity we must step out of the safety of the boat onto the waves... to go with and to Christ... We often talk of Mission Spirituality... as Paul talks about in 1 Thessalonians 2, a transparent, lived out spirituality. I wish we wouldn't construct false dualisms between sacred and secular... Mission and Holiness are intrinsically tied. Can we be truly Holy if we do not take up God's call (Paul says in Galatians, that as soon as he was called he went... my belief is that we are all called to be salt AND light... now! Not in some future time when we are sorted and following some specific calling, there is more than enough calling in scripture!) but now in our vulnerability and weakness. Yes, it is risky but that is eaxctly what Christ promised/warned in Luke 10!

We must make time to sit at the feet of God, it must be an intrinsic part of our Journey, indeed a lot of ECs are exploring the place of rhythmn and rule in spiritual community.

I wonder whether Church and 'World' are seen as the same thing because a) you still have a Christendom focussed Church in the US (and a cultural religion!) b) the church has spent way too much time buying into cultural values ... consumerism (niche theology/churchmanship), prosperity theology (both in terms of material and spiritual blessing "Bless me God!" etc.), measuring success by 'bums on seats' rather than transforming society etc. etc. not because it is too sensitive to peoples hurts and needs.

I don't know what you mean by "The push to be "culturally contextual" by the ECM often at the expense of the full counsul of God is a frightening thing." in my experience the ECC is desperate to encounter and engage with the Whole Godhead and has been criticised by many for being too focussed on the teachings of Jesus rather than those of Paul??? I fear this kind of comment is one born out of reading articles rather than talking to folk involved in the ECC, most folk I know are seeking to explore and experience the whole of God, many feel the 'modern' church has limited God to what humans can understand (rationalism and cerebrality) losing sight of the immensity and Majesty of a God beyond human understanding...God as the old Hymn says 'Innefably sublime'... and reducing God to the capacity of human intelect.

Yes, indeed it is only the visible Christ in us which is key... His, words, his deeds and his Spirit... and yes it is right that the hypocrisy of the church; the love of money, success, power in contradiction to the teachings of Christ, manipulating the Gospel for the purposes of nationalism, imperialism and colonialism, using the language of love to judge and condemn, becoming the very religous bigots and reductionists that Jesus harangued etc. is a big big problem!

My thoughts exactly.
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