Monday, August 11, 2008

Doing Church

If you were asked by someone who is seeking out a relationship with Jesus, "why do you go to church?" How would you answer? What if they asked you "why are you attending the church you go to?" Can you answer them? What if you were asked; "Why are there so many different churches?"

"Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and truth."
John 4:21-24

Do you know about God; or do you know God? Can we worship what we do not know?

I want to be in a relationship with my God. I want Him in every detail of my life, so that I know Him intimately. I want a true, real and genuine everyday relationship with Him.

What does it mean to worship in spirit?

I believe we are not capable of even worshipping the Almighty with out His strength in us…which is provided by the Holy Spirit. God made this possible when He sent His son to die for us, He then left us with the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we could live out the righteous life and worship Him.

What is doing church look like?

I don’t want to be doing church. I don’t want to be numb and fill a spot on a pew. I don’t want to let the gossip, flesh, and world take away my experiences with God. I don’t want to limit myself to a building, a doctrine, or a style of worship. I don’t want to be restricted to worrying that if I raise my hands, clap or shout Amen that I will offend someone else.

I want to be obedient to God. I want to be real with my Creator and give directly back to Him from my heart. I want to be passionate about who He is and who I am and live in that every minute. I want to be praising, and worshipping a God who is so amazing. I want to fall more in love with Him. I desire to spread His love to those around me. I desire to be submissive to His will and build relationships with those around me that lead people to His heart. I want to focus more on the person and their need for love and a relationship with their Creator. I want to see them through the eyes of Jesus. I want to bring my friends to a place where they will be loved on and accepted. I want to be surrounded by a bunch or God’s children who are in hot pursuit of Him and desire to bring everyone along with them!

May we refuse to be numb, may we desire to be passionate!


Krista said...

This is a great post! I love that you want to be obedient to the Lord and what you have to say about the church. This was awesome!

Chatty Kelly said...

I have to admit some Sundays I am "onfire" at church, and others I'm drifting. But I have found the more time I spend with God outside of church, the more "on fire" I am on Sunday.

I don't want to "do church" - - I want to "be church" leading others to Christ.