Mark at “Sojourner” has written a challenging post called “Church 1.0“. He calls for a return to the “devotion” of the early church: the apostles’ teaching, the fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers. (By the way, “devotion” in Acts 2:42 does not mean “thoughtful consideration”, but “continuous action”.) Mark says of the modern church:
Methodology and techniques have been enshrined as some sort of new gods in the modern and postmodern church. The issue seems to be related to the unique format for spiritual life in our current culture: our basic spiritual existence does not integrate and unify faith and action in the total life. (emphasis his – but I liked it, so I included it as well)…
Take the current Church, subtract the institution, add the daily surrender to Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and you will get Church 1.0.
Many treat the church as described in the New Testament as the beta version – you know, like that early version of software that still has alot of bugs to work out. They appreciate the more stable version of the church that we see today. The only problem is, many times the “church” of today does not carry out the functions for which God created it nor does it exist in the unity to which God has called it.
I like Mike’s idea of Church 1.0 – not a beta version, but the original assembly of Spirit-led, Spirit-enabled followers of Christ.