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Church Shop: Part 1

July 3, 2016 • Don Brown

We often treat shopping for a church like a Black Friday event. As we enter the doors, we drag in our shopping cart and a long laundry list of demands. Each box must be checked off or we are on to our next stop. Consumerism intrudes and skews our understanding of God’s purpose for the church in our everyday lives. Church can quickly become something we consume and easily dispose of if it doesn’t suit us. We want the church to meet our needs, but at an acceptable cost. With this framework, the church is reduced to measureable economic and emotional exchange units. So, how do we rid ourselves of this mindset and move from a consumer to a contributor?

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Church Shop: Part 2

Check Out • July 10, 2016 • Don Brown

In a consumer-driven culture, we need to see the greatness of God’s kingdom. If we fail in this, we fall into the trap of thinking that Jesus came to make our agenda possible. We shrink God to the size of our needs and desires. Being a part of a local church keeps us around others who are being changed which in turn helps us to realize God is building a kingdom of worshipers for Him. The church is a living movement not a machine. It’s not concerned with replicating people of sameness but multiplying people around the unity of Christ who are unique expressions of His grace. A local church is a people called together for the purposes of being sent right back out. In a world like ours where culture has lost confidence in absolute truth or any sense of hope, the most powerful calling of the church is sending out everyday missionaries so others see the undeniable work of God in their everyday lives.