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Final Part: God is big enough to… copy

September 11, 2009

No, not ask us to copy him. No we seem to treat God as big because he inspires us to copy others. Copy the newest church trend. Copy what the culture says is the hot way of doing things. No, it seems God is just big enough to find out and duplicate what works for First Church of wherever.

So, if a church seems to be doing well with a satellite campus, every church has to have a satellite campus. If video preaching is all the rage, every really with it church has to have video preaching.

Where is the movement of God in that? How do we need His power if we are satisfied with simply looking for the newest trend? Then when our church sees any kind of growth in attendance we automatically attribute it to the new trend we have copied?

This has been going on for some time. I believe it dates back to the time when people in the church started holding up individuals as experts on growth when they seemed to have any success. People began to write books and copy whatever was being done.

How many churches have followed this one as it went from one popular idea to the next? How will we see God’s power work among us if we are spending all of our time not looking for God but simply following trends?

I find it interesting that Jesus heals in many different ways. Jesus both touches and simple speaks to lepers who are healed. At times people found healing by touching him while at others it was Jesus reaching out to them. God’s power is evidenced by doing something the same way each time. Jesus ministry should teach us that.

In the end there is an interesting passage about God’s power that we find recorded in the Gospels. It is Jesus experience when he returns to Nazareth. I must credit a good friend Shane Coffman for this insight. The Bible tells us that Jesus could do no mighty works there.

Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith. Mark 6:1-6

Why? Because they didn’t expect them from Jesus. This son of a carpenter. Nothing special. He surely couldn’t do anything. We seem to forget that God’s power won’t simply be here because we say we want it. No, we have to live and believe it is true. I’m just not sure that the current state of Christianity in America says we believe. I’m not sure our actions testify that we think it is true. To busy looking for gimmicks, celebrating small things more worried about our personal comfort than God moving in powerful ways.

Heaven help us believe. I pray that we repent and really allow God’s power to invade our space. Let’s face it, we need it more than ever.

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  1. September 15, 2009 2:55 pm

    We miss out on a lot because of our lack of faith, don’t we? We settle for a junior-sized version of what God is doing elsewhere because it is easier to just copy than truly seek and wrestle with God and His will for our own community. My friends and I like to call that “McFaith”.

    (And wow, I’m surprised you remember that conversation)

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