Rethinking Church: The Modern Reformation and the Individual

We need to refocus on the One who has redeemed us.

In this post we are examining the way that individual believers operate within the organizational structure of the church. Foundational to all of this is that we must all maintain an intimate spiritual relationship with God. All the items in this list come after that.

 

Focused individuals are critical to the success of the church organization.

Recently in this space we discussed the need for a Modern Reformation among Christian churches. As mentioned in that commentary, the modern Church – at least in the United States – has lost its focus, and much of that is due to shortcomings that need to be addressed within the organizational structure of our churches.

But there is another aspect of change necessary in today’s churches – and it’s much more personal.

God’s people also need to refocus at the individual level. We need to refocus on the One who has redeemed us, and once we’ve done that we also need to reconsider how we serve, support, and fellowship within the operational structure of our local church. We’re not discussing the need for revival here – everyone should agree that is needed above all.

As with the proposed corporate points mentioned in the earlier post, the following list of proposals for improving our individual focus is offered merely to start a conversation. It is by no means comprehensive, nor is it to be taken as Gospel.

Remember too that in this post we are examining the way that individual believers operate within the organizational structure of the church. Foundational to all of this is that we must all maintain an intimate spiritual relationship with God. All the items in this list come after that.

1. Do all things to glorify God.

Paul instructs us in his first letter to the Corinthians that everything we do should be done to bring glory to the Father, and if that’s not enough – Jesus’ example should be. The Father is first, period.

Any work we do within the church, any contribution we make, any insight we share – ALL should be done within the pretext of bringing glory to God. Every one of us should be constantly questioning our own motives, and if we find there is any other reason for what we’re doing than to glorify God – we should stop immediately.

2. See your own weakness in others’ failure.

This is a big deal, but it’s also difficult. Pride always fights any effort to admit imperfection. But we are imperfect – ALL OF US. From the pastor to the newest convert, we are all sinners by nature, and every last one of us is just one bone-headed decision away from being right where the worst of us is.

NEVER let yourself think “I could never do that.” Because guess what – YOU COULD.

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