When did “church” become a podium-focused “God Show” watched by passive spectators for an hour or so each Sunday morning?
Where do we even find that in Scripture?
I believe that the days of the “podium church” and the Sunday “God show”are passing — where we gaze each Sunday past the back of the head in front of us to passively watch carefully scripted ministry delivered from a front podium through a tightly controlled microphone.
Instead, God is bringing forth authentic engagement and fellowship among believers, where we are the church — as opposed to merely going to church. This new move is rooted in real repentance (which, in the original language of the Greek New Testament, means to change the way we act by changing the way we think) and a restoration of ministry one to another as per Acts 2:42 and 1 Cor. 14:26.
My heart breaks and sometimes I weep as I hear God call us to repentance over what my generation has allowed the “church” to become, but my spirit soars as God is restoring authentic fellowship among an emerging new spiritual generation.
~ Jim Wright