Church Talk: Discipleship, Community, & Equipping

So remember how I wanted to talk about church? It turns out that is really hard to do. Because it's fallible human people trying to serve God together. It will never be perfect. At least not till Jesus comes back to take care of this business.

So I know in my heart we can't possibly focus on what we are doing "bad" because we are a bunch of sinners and even as we are sanctified that's not likely to stop anytime soon. We must shift our focus to what we can do better.

In what ways can we be more like Jesus? In what ways are we willing to let the Holy Spirit do a radical work in our bodies? I've said it before just as our human bodies and lives are being sanctified we should also make sure that is happening in the Body of Christ!

So with that very long disclaimer lets talk about something I hear a lot in churches I go to, from all manner of believers and denominations.

"I'm lonely"

The truth is we live in a lonely world. We live in a world that so values independence and self sufficiency that we seem to have lost sight of why dependency and community can be so very important.

Here is where I'm going to suggest the first thing we I think we can do better: I think we need to have higher expectations of believers.

Yeah. Weird huh?

At least not what you were expecting me to say.

I think we slipped into a culture of "Rock Star Preachers" somewhere along the way, and lest you think I'm about to blame the Francis Chan's and Beth Moore's of the spiritual world, let me quickly say it isn't their fault. We did it. We flock to our churches in which our gifted teachers and preachers teach thousands of people each week and we stock up on their books and curriculum for our small groups, Sunday schools classes, and Bible studies and really in itself there isn't a darn thing wrong with that. In fact, often there is a lot of good to be had in those thing and those people. I myself sit under a "Rock Star Pastor" in this town so know that there is no condemnation.

What's my problem then? We got complacent. Maybe we had that crippling pride of insecurity overcome us, or maybe the trap of business overcame us. I'm sure we all have our own reasons for putting all the pressure, all the learning, all the equipping into the hands of those as we see as "more gifted." We came up with a mentality of "that's their job."

It is their job. It is their calling. It is their gift. You have a job. You have a calling. You have a gift. You are to use it for the body of Christ.

What does this all have to do with having higher expectations?