Saturday, September 12, 2009

Christian or Hamburger.....mmm foor for thought.

Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than going to McDonalds makes you a hamburger. Food for thought!

A 2007 survey identified the following five typical categories:

  • Active Christians: Committed to attending church, Bible reading, and sharing their faith that salvation comes through Jesus Christ. They also accept leadership positions in their church.
  • Professing Christians: Are also committed to "accepting Christ as Savior and Lord" as the key to being a Christian, but focus on personal relationships with God and Jesus more than on church, Bible reading or sharing faith
  • Liturgical Christians: High level of spiritual activity, mainly expressed by attending and recognizing the authority of the church, and by serving in it or in the community.
  • Private Christians: Believe in God and in doing good things, but not within a church context. In the American survey, this was the largest and youngest segment.
  • Cultural Christians: Do not view Jesus as essential to salvation. They are the least likely to align their beliefs or practices with biblical teachings or to attend church. They favor a universality theology that sees many ways to God.[4
I want to be known as an active Christian. I am thrilled that God gives us opportunities to share in regular day to day chats with others in our workplaces and schools. I like the joke above though, because being a Christian is not just about going to church on Sunday, it is so much more.

It is about reaping what we sow, which can be bounty and blessings, it is about sharing and encouraging our gifts within the church. It is about worship, praise, evangelism and prayer, and the power that God can unleash in ; when you say "YES" to be an active member of the army of God.
I challenge everyone as we kick-off the new ministry year...get involved. As you see all the different ministries look and pray where God would have you. There is a place for everyone. Churches around the country are looking for servants, check your home church, look for your place. You will be blessed more than you wildly can imagine!

1 comment:

  1. Great challenge and encouragement to get connected and be active in our faith (which you are by the way!). In the words of Graham Cooke - let's kill passivity stone cold dead!.

    Thanks so much for championing the 5k. What a great day and a huge blessing to the children in Ghana.