In the Western world churches are shrinking. A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that Millennials (American’s in their twenties) are increasingly turning away from religion. More and more writers and experts are saying that America is now “post-Christian.” Is Christianity really dying out in the Western world?
I recently picked up a book from the freebie bin at McKay Bookstore in Nashville and read where Mike Bickle said that the Lord spoke these words to him a few years ago: “I will change the understanding and expression of Christianity in the earth in one generation.” About three years ago a sister at The Salvation Army Berry Street was told that we are a “prototype.” Yet, she didn’t know what the word meant: “A preliminary model of something.” There are many prototypes of this coming expression of Christianity being birthed around the world (often called simple church, organic church, non-church, or participatory church).
What is being modeling at Berry Street and many other places is not something new; it is as old as The New Testament. It is biblical but has been widely ignored. It is based on I Corinthians 14:26 — which teaches that every member of the church is allowed to openly share and do in church meetings what God puts on her/his heart.
Does this Scripture give a valid alternative for church meetings? It may sound feasible in the New Testament, but will it actually work in real life? Search: Beyond Church Ekklesia.
there are small independent churches who have been doing this for decades. Encouraging every member to participate in the service. The need for each individual to hear from God and share what he is learning is deep in the heart of every believer. It doesn’t necessary create a mega-church but it does develop individuals with a strong person relationship with Jesus Christ that the world is drawn to.
Yes, indeed, jubilee! When people are allowed to participate, they begin to make amazing spiritual progress.
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Yes there is a new brand of Christianity emerging, but these people mostly call themselves spiritual atheists. We based our lives on the teachings of Jesus and we reject the teachings of Paul, who without saying it directly, calls Jesus a liar. Christianity is as far away from the teachings of Jesus as red is from green in a color wheel.
the new type of Christians do not attend church, and cannot be drawn back into it, because the church has gone to war against free thinkers.