Sizing up a Church: Christ-centered or Community-centered?

6 thoughts on “Sizing up a Church: Christ-centered or Community-centered?”

  1. Excellent, Joanna!! 🙂 Could not be discerned better than this! I DO like the way you present your polls. Would be interesting to see the feedback from your readers here…

    By the way, I wrote some time ago a poem about the invisible church [If you like, see http://susanneschuberth.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/the-beloved-of-god-apr-15-2014/%5D that is first seen by God alone and then begins to spread due to His spiritual power in our visible realm as well.

    If we do not belong to Christ as our center (the features of the group you perfectly described in the left column and in the beginning of every item), we can do whatever we try, but actually, all our efforts to do something for God and to build a Christ-centered church will be in vain, for it is written,

    “unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Ps 127:1 ESV)

    I know that some churches already try to build a Christ-centered church, yet they are not that successful because the lives of their leaders are not fully surrendered to Jesus. Nonetheless, it could be relieving to say that it is also God’s work to make our lives His own because apart from Him we cannot produce ANY spiritual fruit (Jn 15:5).

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      1. Beautiful!! Your words express our longing in Christ! Thanks, Susanne, for expressing it on our behalf! It is great to be able to put our deepest longing into words! Thanks! Please keep writing!

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    1. The first repentance of a community-centered church is self reliance. Unless we repent from our independence of God, telling Him “We can’t, Holy Spirit, please come, because there is no other way.”, there will be no change. Thanks, Susanne, for such great fellowship in the Lord!

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