Two imminent threats exist against the church gathered. I’ve watched these two threats show up unannounced and often in discreet fashion, but every Christian is in their cross-hairs. Both of them are designed to dislodge one of the best rhythms God has given his kids, and I’d be willing to bet that if you’re reading this, one (or both) would be true of you if you were honest. Simply put, the threats are this: overvaluing or undervaluing the weekly gathering. Here in part one of this three part series we’ll look at why these threat matter, and who is affected.
WHY ARE THEY DANGEROUS?
If you’re a Christian than it’s no secret you’re signed up for a lifetime of Sundays. We know that Sundays are a big part of normal life for any Christian. And yet making too much or too little of them is highly dangerous to the Christian life. And no one is immune.
Some of us connect with God primarily through our head-space or intellect, while others from the heart and emotion, while others through activity and the action of our hands. I want to be clear that the threats that oppose us affect all three areas. God wants us to understand, desire, and participate in Sundays AND all of us, myself included, can stray from fully engaging and receiving from the Sunday gathering.
This mini-series will talk about whats really two sides of the same coin; the threats, symptoms, and remedies of overvaluing or undervaluing the weekly gathering.
It’s a necessary message because we as believers can fall off the horse on both sides. If you’re not a Christian and you’re here asking questions about faith and church and Jesus, then this discussion will hopefully give you an idea of what this part of Christianity is all about.
Spiritual health is like our physical health…if we neglect, minimize, or discount the most important things to our health then our health will suffer. The elders and staff at Doxa have doubled down as it relates to doing SUNDAYS and life together, and doing them both well. We talk about it around the office in a way that I think it’s helpful. Picture Sundays as one of the pedals on this bike.
I want you to see the other pedal as Missional Communities or whatever your church does to facilitate bible study, prayer, mission, and life together. It seems basic, but its important to point out that no one is going to get very far very fast if they only use one pedal. And from what we can see in scripture and in church history, disciples are made and the kingdom of God goes out in powerful and transformative ways when God’s people do both. What I’m saying is, we need both pedals. Keep that picture in mind as we look at our first threat.
Part two will go live next week…stay tuned.