Is Something Missing?

I’ve wrestled for some time with the sense that something is missing in our Christian churches, and in so many Christians lives. Why is it that we end up focussed on such silly things when Jesus promises abundant life? I preached last Sunday about legalism and liberty, and contrasted those who come to church with imaginary clipboards, to tick off what’s right and wrong this week, with those who come in openness to encounter God and show him to others.

Tim Keel’s article in Leadership Journal (http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2008/001/3.19.html) seems to offer some light on the stagnation of our living faith. I’m drawn to the model of Jesus, who didn’t demand that his followers believe and be trained before they were trusted with responsibility. They spent time with him, and learned gradually. There is a move away from our uniformity to allow a wider group of people to be involved in various activities, but “gospel-oriented” stuff is still reserved for the saved. After all, how would anyone else understand? But if Keel is right, the “gentiles” may be asking better questions that the “Jews”, and therefore nearer to God’s heart than some of us who are “saved.”

In the face of the demands of leading a church, I’ve lost some of my passion for the kingdom. God help us if we divorce the gospel from the kingdom — in that case I suspect we may lose both.

Steven
What a Mighty God we Serve!

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My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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