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Family Force 5 – For the WIN!!

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Church is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately. I have been struggling to work out what role church plays and what it should be.

Friday night, I was reminded of what one very important (actually the most important) part is. God. I know it sounds like the obvious Christianese answer, but how often do we get caught up in programing, image, rules, procedures and hierarchy that we forget the most important aspect. God.

Church has played a massive part in my life. Some good, some bad and some I’d really rather forget.

Church seems to have a bad connotation these days, often blamed for being hypocritical, having poor priorities, having the wrong agenda and a number of other things.

Some say that the church is out dated, just after your money and that religion is a crutch for those who can’t handle life.

So what is church?

Is it some nice building, with stained-glass windows, wooden pews and a dude with a weird dress?
Is it a place where suburban folk go, all dressed up to impress, on a Sunday?
Is it a group of people to appear to have a great life, everything seems to go well for them, they live in nice houses, drive nice cars and have well-behaved children?
Is it all those weird people that you avoided during high school, gathered together to make a sub-nerd-culture that is so far removed from reality they need to invent their own version of stuff… like christian-myspace, christian-guitar hero , tackpants and even mints.

I think it’s more about community, others and love. It’s about loving God, people and life. It’s about being the answer people need.

Here is how Ps Brain sees the church.

“The Church that I See”
By Brain Houston

‘The Church that I see is a Church of influence. A church so large in size that the city and nation cannot ignore it. A church growing in size so quickly that buildings struggle to contain the increase.

I see a Church whose heartfelt praise and worship touches heaven and changes earth. Worship which influences the praises of people throughout the earth, exalting Christ with powerful songs of faith and hope.

I see a Church whose altars are constantly filled with repentant sinners responding to Christ’s call to salvation.

Yes, the Church that I see is so dependent on the Holy Spirit that nothing will stop it nor stand against it.

A Church whose people are unified, praying and full of God’s Spirit.

A Church that I see has a message so clear that lives are changed forever and potential is fulfilled through the power of His Word. A message beamed to the peoples of the earth through their television screens.

I see a Church so compassionate that people are drawn from impossible situations into a loving and friendly circle of hope, where answers are found and acceptance is given.

I see a people so Kingdom minded that they will count whatever the cost and pay whatever the price to see revival sweep this land.

The Church that I see is a Church so committed to raising, training and empowering a leadership generation to reap the end-time harvest that all its ministries are consumed with this goal.

The Church that I see is a Church whose head is Jesus, whose help is the Holy Spirit and whose focus is the Great Commission.

Yes, the Church that I see could well be our church – Hillsong Church.’

I think that it is very easy to be a spectator… to sit back.. attend church and form our own opinions and ideas about how the church should be. From the sidelines it’s all too easy to point out what needs to be done and what doesn’t seem to be getting done right… it’s easy to judge and be critical…

But it shouldn’t be like that… church isn’t about a few pastors providing a nice building and warm fuzzy sermons to make you feel good about Jesus… As Ps Brain said it’s about kingdom-minded people counting the cost and paying whatever necessary to see revival.

It’s about you and me… we are the church… so what are we making it?