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Faith: it's something we are
February 8, 2010
by Pastor David Herring, Dassel Church of Christ

Does church seem outdated, old, and groggy to you? Most of the time, it does to me.

I grew up sitting on a wooden pew with no cushions, singing spiritual songs from the late 1950s, and hearing sermons that had very little, or no relevance to my life. Not much of church made sense.

As I got older, I remained active in my church, but never really “clicked” with Christianity. It was something I did, instead of someone I was.

Church culture is very interesting. For a faith that constantly calls for change, the church really loves to be comfortable and stay the same.

We constantly call for changes in lifestyles, changes in situations, and changes in philosophies. But bring change through the doors of the church, and it’s a done deal.

So, how have we become this way? I think the answer is simple to state, yet hard to swallow. We love to have things our way.

“If I had it my way, I would . . . ” How many of us are guilty of that statement? How many of us are guilty for thinking that?

Guilty.

Here’s the truth of the matter. It’s not about you. Say it with me – “It’s not about me.”

It’s about the body of Christ, all parts together. It’s about the lost. It’s about the people who don’t even want to come to church. It’s about all age groups. It’s about everything other than our selfish motives.

Scripture call for relevant preaching (just check out the book of Acts). It calls for serving one another (just check out Jesus washing his disciples feet). It even tells us nine times to sing a new song (not an old one) to the Lord.

Church leaders, it is time to seriously examine how we disciple God’s people.

Christians, it’s time to seriously consider if we are furthering the “culture” of the church or the “calling” of the church.

Non-church-goers, I ask that you don’t let church culture keep you away. There is an amazing and loving God.

I encourage you all to make your faith something you are, not something you do.

Not that there is anything wrong with wooden pews with no cushions, songs from the ‘50s, or dry sermons . . . .right?