February 17, 2009

Francis Chan on the Church

A friend of mine posted this quote from Francis Chan...
Is there any logic in believing that God started His Church as a Spirit-filled, loving body with the intention that it would evolve into entertaining, hour-long services? Was he hoping that one day people would be attracted to the Church not because they care for one another, not because they are devoted to Him, not because the supernatural occurs in their midst, but because of good music and entertainment?
When I looked at the rest of the article, this is the quote that I found most difficult and most challenging...
Our elders started with what we could control. We can't control other people. We can't make the congregation "break bread in their homes" or "sell their possessions." We also can't control God. We can't make Him do "wonders and miraculous signs" through us. I can, however, sell my possessions as people have needs. I do have control over that, so that became the first logical step. As we do our part, we trust God to bring about the "awe" and "wonders" in His time.
It was a beautiful time of sharing as our elders laid "everything" at each others' feet. We surrendered the keys to our cars, homes, and bank accounts. I actually believed the elders who looked me in the eyes and said, "What's mine is yours. If anything ever happens to you, I will support and care for your kids as much as I would care for my own. I will be your life insurance." And because they had a history of genuine sacrifice for the sake of the gospel, I trusted what they said. From there, we began going to some of our friends in the congregation and expressing our commitment to them (something anyone can do).
Do yourself a favor and go read the entire thing...then come back and answer this question, "What part did you find most challenging?" Also check out this video of Francis Chan talking about Risk.


  1. Not too challenging for me anymore...we recently sold a vehicle to make sure someone in our church had what they needed. We are family, we take care of each other, and that means saying the hard things, doing the hard stuff and KNOWING when we are in trouble and rescuing each other. Programs can't do that. Exciting teaching can't do that. Relationships can.

    It's the most important thing I've ever learned. Stuff is stuff.

  2. So what part DID you find challenging...if any? :)