The Big conversation – Recognition and refocus

Those wanting to follow Jesus and preferring to do like he did, not following his own will but the Will of God, should know that they always shall belong to the minority.

English: Icon of Jesus Christ
Icon of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But when those following Christ are living somewhere in the world they should know at that at other places somewhere in the world there will be like minded people wanting to share the same message. Being not with many it is very tempting to look with awe at the bigger groups and even to become jealous. It is very tempting to want to have the same growth as they are having.

But in smaller churches it is also tempting to fixate on the numbers

like a teenager checking Facebook to see how many “likes” and “shares” their status got (or a blogger constantly looking for “views” and “follows”). {Recognize the Facts}

writes Michael Hayward who is a pastor of a Faith Community at a small Southern Baptist church which ranges from 50 – 90 in attendance. He warns

This is a wrong focus and it can cause us to is the fact that you are not alone, no matter how small your church is. {Recognize the Facts}

When belonging to a small community we should recognize the facts that

1) there is no small contribution from members,
2) that there are people involved and serving, and
3) not all help and service looks like a church program.

If you do not recognize and honor even the widows mite, then you are not honoring God and his work among even the least of these. {Recognize the Facts}

In a limited group of people having a particular believe it might well be that at a locality they may consider themselves special and by doing so excluding others who do not live there. Also in the Christadelphian community we may see some villages which so much like their own ecclesia and think they are doing it the best way, that they do not want to meet with others or avoid contact with people from outside. Some may want to empower the church (people), but in practice they keep it all to themselves. Such leaders may endanger the community without realizing it.

We will spend ourselves utterly and jeopardize our health, our families, and our walk with God over accomplishing tasks for the church without even prayerfully discerning if any of those tasks are even worth it. Jesus taught about counting the cost in Luke 14 and described how both builder and king would sit down and figure out what needed to be done and what it would take to do it. I think most of the time we just do what we assume needs to be done based on what everyone else is doing and we don’t consider what God really wants for us. We burn out and burn up trying to make our little church run like a big church rather than running the race set before us. Ecclesiastes 4:6 says, “Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.” In other words work smarter, not harder. Don’t kill yourself chasing after what cannot be caught. {The Best Thing You Can Do}

Many do have to become smarter by not thinking so much that they are the exclusive ones. They should open up their mind to others who go the same path as they. They also should also to show respect for other brothers and sisters in the world which may have totally other customs than they and may speak a total different language. In church groups too often it is expected that all speak the same ‘church language’. Those who dare to use other words may be looked at strangely. Instead of enlarging the vocabulary some try to stick too long at older words or typical church words where the common world has already evolved to using other words.

We best take the words at heart to

Recognition and refocus, you need it and your fellowship needs it. Take some time to prayerfully reflect on who helps (even if it’s serving outside the programs of the church) and then take a Sunday service and honor those who serve with you. Speaking from experience, you will be refreshed and your church inspired! {Recognize the Facts}

There are advantages and disadvantages in both large and small settings. As followers of the Nazarene master teacher, we can only hope that we can share his message with as many as possible. To do that we have to come our of our little cocoon and share the gospel with as many as possible. when we do hear from others trying to do the same spreading of the Gospel we should be pleased and respect their work. We should encourage and inspire one another, not take shots at our brothers and sisters out of resentment and jealously.

We may be small, but we are not unimportant.

reminds ‘The Small Church Pastor’s Club‘.

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Preceding articles:

Religious Practices around the world

Manifests for believers #3 Catholic versus Protestant

Ecclesia to exist, grow and communities to have people communicating with each other

The Ecclesia in the churchsystem

Reasons to come together

The Big Conversation

The Big Conversation follow up

The Big conversation – Antagonists

Having a small church mentality

Reasons why you may not miss the opportunity to go to a Small Church

Engaging the culture without losing the gospel

Evangelisation, local preaching opposite overseas evangelism

Feeling-good, search for happiness and the church

Members of the ecclesia uniting and seeking God’s help in tribulation

Why we do not have our worship-services in a church building

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Additional reading:

  1. People are turning their back on Christianity
  2. Looking on what is going on and not being of it
  3. Not words of any organisation should bind you, but the Word of God
  4. A call easy to understand
  5. Discipleship way of life on the narrow way to everlasting life
  6. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  7. Do not be afraid to learn or to speak
  8. Reasons to come together
  9. Congregate, to gather, to meet
  10. Fellowship
  11. Disciple of Christ counting lives and friends dear to them
  12. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  13. Holiness and expression of worship coming from inside
  14. To find ways of Godly understanding
  15. Christianity to be enshrined
  16. Christianity is a love affair
  17. Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
  18. Who are the honest ones?
  19. Certain people trying to stem freedom of speech
  20. Priority to form a loving brotherhood
  21. American atheists most religiously literate Americans
  22. Small churches of the few Christadelphians
  23. Christadelphians or Messianic Christians or Messianic Jews
  24. Christadelphian people
  25. Who are Christadelphians
  26. What are Brothers in Christ
  27. Two new encyclopaedic articles
  28. Christadelphians today
  29. Keeping an ecclesia in modern times
  30. Intentions of an Ecclesia
  31. Good or bad preacher
  32. Be an encourager

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