As I mentioned in the first post in this series, I want to highlight some of the comments that have been left on my blog posts during the past week. Hopefully, this will give more visibility to some of the reasons that I love blogging – dialog and interaction.
Freedom, true freedom, was not won at the end of the barrel of a gun. It was won by the death of One on the cross. The Christian imprisoned and tortured for his faith in China is far freer than an American living amidst the luxury of this land who doesn’t know Christ.
After taking a 2-year discipleship class with about 12 men at the church I used to attend, and then taking another 2-years to teach the class to another group of 11 men.. to this day I do not even know them, I do not even know their families. It is so sad.
After many times of effort to break the surface and really get to know them.. failure. I think it would be easier to get into Fort Knox here in KY and steal all the gold then it would be to share all of our struggles together.
Cindy left this comment on my post “Is ‘church’ missing something? Don’t change; just add something else“:
The church we recently left had about 5 levels of small groups. The system was so confusing we never were able to join a group. I think someone must have been reading every book on small groups out there and then just as you say adding a group-type every time he read about another style.
But small groups aside I think this idea of “adding” is something well worth exploring in all of its manifestations.
YOU ASKED: “How do you (and others) communicate to people that the gathering of 100 is not necessary?”
We communicate it through deed and action – but we don’t come out and say it say it – not yet. We feel that it’s best to continue to lead the 100 down the path and make slow/gentle adjustments along the way, These people have moved from a rubber-stamp type charismatic church to where they are today, Not even all the elders definitively see that the large gathering is not needful. So we move on – ever pressing toward the mark. in time, we are certain that God will reveal it in them and the next move will be effortless and empowered.