I recently read the book, Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. They remind us that we are called to live out our faith everyday just like the early believers in 1 Peter. Ever since Jesus walked the earth, believers have been pushed to the margins of society.
The early church faced daunting persecution, as believers all over the world are facing today; and yet, they lived out their faith everyday. Near the end of the book, the authors ask and answer questions as to whether or not we have what it takes to live as God's people. Yes, we do. Through our faith in Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit, we have what it takes.
"Do we have the imagination to be what we can and should be as the people of God? Do we have the desire to be the people of God together on mission? Can we move beyond church as a weekly service and become a community that shares life and mission? Can we be a people for whom church and mission are our identity rather than occasional events? God gave His Son and sends His Spirit so we can be His people and live as His people." (Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis)
In a post-Christian society, people do not come to our church events all that much just because we ask them. No longer does the Bible carry weight for society as the moral, ethical and evangelical standard of authority. Times have changed. And so must we. No, the gospel message will never change, but we can no longer passively invite people to come to church and expect to see souls saved. We MUST LIVE IT. Loving people, helping people, encouraging people and telling people the GOOD NEWS of CHRIST everyday.
Yes, we still need church meetings to strengthen and encourage believers so we can serve and share everyday. It needs to be part of our fuel but service is outside the walls of the church building. WE are the CHURCH and WE must be telling the world about Jesus or how will they come to know Him?
America has been blessed for so many years because our founding fathers built our country on Christianity. However, America has changed and is changing. Do you find yourself more and more on the margins of society?
The authors remind us that from the time Jesus walked on the earth, Christians have been pushed to the margins of society - persecuted for the faith. And, they remind us that it is during those times that the gospel is spread the most.
"But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;" 1 Peter 3:15
Believer, you are here now for this time in history. Are you ready?