Saturday, March 25, 2017

Kingdom Aligned: Why the Unshakable Church Builds on Unbreakable Family





In Hebrews 12:27-28 we read, "This phrase, 'Yet once more,' indicates the removal of things that are shaken-that is, things that have been made-in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken..."  

In light of so much shaking in the world, it's fair to wonder where and how the church must better align to the kingdom.

While the answers are many, I believe the church’s approach to apologetics and family discipleship is key to her unshakability. As culture continues to redefine identity and blur the line between love and tolerance, many believers are struggling to combat new deceptions and make a case for their faith.

This leads me to two important questions:

1. While the church may be conveying truth, is she allowing it to be tasted and seen?

2. Is the church delighting and trusting what she's demonstrating? If not, how can we expect those outside the church to do the same?

Again, this can’t be addressed in so few words (barring a new series, cough); for now, I submit part of the solution lies in how the church develops discipleship and facilities it within the family dynamic.

For instance, in most liturgical structures, discipleship is perceived as in-house mentoring with evangelism serving as the faith vehicle into the ‘real’ world. Yet, if the church truly desires to be a more kingdom-aligned community, then it must be willing not only to merge the two, but to prioritize them in the home.  

Granted, easier said than done. Yet, once the church broadens her definition of evangelism to include one-on-one discipleship and her definition of discipleship to include in-house in-reach (i.e. spiritual development in the home), not only will the door for relationship among deceived believers and non-believers widen, but believers will be better equipped to model authentic love in a 1 Peter 3:15 context. 

So in short, I believe if the church wants to mature in her unshakability, she must better manage her ‘open door’ policy by branching out to other open doors from the home and place of influence to the unexpected divine appointment.

‘Cause bottom line: Before the church can equip love to a deceived generation, she must already be doing so to the next generation. Thus, if the church wants to be more effective in culture and marketplace, if she truly wants to be unshakable, it must build upon the unbreakable family.

*Question presented/answers inspired at Messenger Fellowship Summit 2017. Response intended to be at or below 350 words.

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