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Boring Old Church

Photo by richardmasoner via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Perhaps the reason your church isn’t growing is because you are boring? Your church is boring. Your faith is boring. The Jesus you’re presenting is boring.

People’s faith isn’t challenged by your ability to keep them busy. It is transformed when they are sent out to do God’s work in their daily life.

The last thing most people need is another sermon. The last thing they need is another worship experience.

The first thing they need is to apply the last thing you taught them. I guarantee you that your next worship service will be exciting if your community of believers is coming to worship Jesus after they have dipped their toes in the River of Grace and seen Him act.

That is exciting. That grows… Quickly.

No more songs about moving mountains until you show people– God moving mountains!

Deal?

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3 Responses to Boring Old Church

  1. Richard Masoner April 21, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Thanks for the attribution on the photo.

  2. adam mclane April 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    You’re welcome. I try to share and share alike, as well. Here’s one of my pictures that got used on our local cable stations site last week via creative commons.
    http://adammclane.com/2010/04/12/our-garden-on-kpbs-website/

  3. Rob April 22, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    I’m really tracking with this. I’m in a situation where I’m tempted to recite your first paragraph to some leaders. I know such a discussion can open a can of worms about the maturity of the believer, but the bottom line as I see it is, is your Jesus real when it matters? Because if He’s incarnational, He won’t be boring. It reminds me of the scene in the movie “Walk the Line” where Johnny Cash first enters a recording studio trying to impress Sam Phillips by singing a lackluster version of a traditional Gospel tune. Phillips stops the audition short because the gospel “sung like that doesn’t sell well”. He goes on to say,

    “If you was hit by a truck and you was lying out there in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing *one* song… One song that people would remember before you’re dirt. One song that would let God know how you felt about your time here on Earth. One song that would sum you up. You tellin’ me that’s the song you’d sing? … Or… would you sing somethin’ different. Somethin’ real. Somethin’ *you* felt.”

    Thanks for posting.

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