Daydreaming of One Day Becoming an Unwavering Man of God

Over a piping hot mug of Hazelnut coffee and two slices of whole wheat bread, toasted dark, a little non salmonella peanut butter, and a little more honey….

I’m wondering out loud:

If we truly desire to become that unwavering man or woman of God, what are we doing about it?  What is our church doing to help us?

We can not have people coming to accept Jesus Christ and then just leave them there not having learned that they can have a personal, intimate relationship with Him.  Many of our church small group/discipleship programs are ineffective.  It’s not our theology – it’s the fact that we don’t know how to implement it.

As Doug Morrell said “Something deep within my spirit longs to be spiritually mature, and whole as God intends. I long for real fellowship, meaningful growth, genuine sharing, and a a heartfelt love with others in a safe place. No one wants to stand alone, struggle alone, develop alone, or grow up in this thing called Faith alone.  But its becoming way to common place to instead of true connection, we are buying the latest books, attending crowded seminars, conferences, churches, and even revivals – wandering souls desperately searching to quench a spiritual thirst.”

The contemporary church answer?  Small groups, Sunday School, Bible Study Fellowship, etc.

The typical measuring stick of effectiveness?  Our church has this many in Sunday School, or this many small groups.

Really?  Are we sure that really tells us anything at all?

Would you rather have 100 people who are 90% committed or 10 people who are 100% committed?  Huge Huge question!!!  Our answer provides insight into our vision, strategy, mission, and commitment to the Great Commission.

The thing that God is after, above everything else, is us becoming more like Him.

The goal is not building a growing small group ministry.  Its not increasing our Sunday School attendance.  That’s the lazy man’s way of thinking he is measuring his effectiveness.  The goal is discipleship.  And discipleship is us being formed, conformed, and transformed into the image of Jesus.  If this happens in small groups or Sunday School – awesome!

As John Wesley wrote, “I am more and more convinced that the devil himself desires nothing more than this, that the people of any place should be half-awakened and then left to themselves to fall asleep again.”


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by David G on February 11, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    No one wants to stand alone, struggle alone, develop alone, or grow up in this thing called Faith alone.

    Thank you Jesus for placing Derek, Sean, Brian and John in my life. Thank you GFC for the place where all of our paths crossed. It has many arms that touch many people in so many ways. We are all different but desire the same thing, which is to be loved. You want it and I want just the same. It is the ultimate goal that I believe God ask us to attain …to love one another as he loved us.

  2. Amen, brother.

    There’s probably a really good reason why my church’s small group program right now isn’t about a small group curriculum, but about a handful of small 3 to 4 person discipleship groups, and some weekly fellowship time allowing friendships to develop before they spin off into more discipleship groups.

    “Forcing” a small group strategy doesn’t work…

  3. Posted by David on February 12, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    My wife & I have been debating several of these questions for some time now. I believe a church should cater to the needs of the whole church body. Salvation is not the end of our Christian walk, but the beginning. I believe the next step is to develop that deeply intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and this step is never finished – it takes a lifetime. Small Groups? Yes! Bible Study? Of course! But what really counts is that personal time with Christ. This is what the Church needs to stress. I think this would keep people involved in the church. A spiritually active church cannot be made up of weekly attenders, there needs to be more.
    I don’t think the church would have to worry about small group attendance or any other of these issues if people had a more loving relationship with Christ because they would then have a more loving relationship with each other.

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